Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani thought they were creating trouble for current 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden when they conspired with a rogue prosecutor in Ukraine to manufacture a phony Biden scandal. But most of the media and the public saw right through it, and the whole thing turned ugly enough that Rudy had to cancel his trip to Ukraine. Now it’s gotten uglier for Trump and Rudy.
The new president of Ukraine had already reportedly said he would refuse to meet with Rudy Giuliani, even before Giuliani canceled his trip. But now another politician in Ukraine says he’s obtained a letter which proves that the whole thing really was manufactured by Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko in an effort at gaining favor with Donald Trump, according to Bloomberg. While it’s far from clear how this scandal will play out for Ukraine, what is clear is that it’s going precisely nowhere for Team Trump.
In fact, now that this whole thing has blown up in Donald Trump’s face, it could end up growing legs as a Trump scandal. Rudy Giuliani, a Trump attorney and informal Trump 2020 campaign adviser, has been caught red handed conspiring with a foreign government to try to dishonestly alter the outcome of the 2020 election. This is so uniquely treasonous, no one has thought to even write specific laws against it. But it blows Trump’s “no collusion” mantra to bits, and it opens the door for House Democrats to subpoena Giuliani to publicly testify about his traitorous antics.
Meanwhile, it’s more clear than ever that Donald Trump and his campaign team are petrified of Joe Biden’s rising popularity. The 2020 election is still a long way away, and there are a number of strong Democratic candidates who still have a shot at the nomination. But Trump is already panicking, because he’s heading into 2020 in the weakest position that any presidential incumbent has ever been in.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report