Ukraine reminds us that we have a “president” who is the laughing stock of the world. The Kyiv Post published a piece called “Inside Impeachment: Kyiv Post on the Trump-Ukraine Scandal.” What’s humorous about this piece is its “shady cast of characters,” led by none other than Donald Trump. What’s sad is that the article accurately portrays these characters.
The Kyiv Post identifies each player and explains his role (only one female). The major players in this saga are Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Gordon Sondland, Mick Mulvaney, Kurt Volker, and Rick Perry. Underneath them are the “dirt diggers and intermediaries,” Igor Fruman, Lev Parnas, and John Solomon. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman should be familiar to everyone, as the two were recently arrested on federal charges. Reading into the links of this article, Ukraine confirms that Giuliani was, in fact, attempting to dig up dirt on Joe Biden with the help of “dubious Ukraine officials.”
This piece helps to connect some of the proverbial missing dots in Marie Yovanovitch’s ouster, beginning with the outlandish claim that she helped Ukraine interfere in the 2016 election on behalf of Hillary Clinton. Working with former prosecutor Viktor Shokin and his successor Yurly Lutsenko, Giuliani and Trump were aware that lies and misrepresentations were being made about Yovanovitch, including the ridiculous claim that she worked for Biden. They also “contributed” (payola) to an “unspecified member of Congress” to “help remove Yovanovitch from office.” This all reads like a poor man’s James Bond movie.
Trump’s latest mess isn’t necessarily big news in Ukraine, but as CNN reports, this piece took over social media, being retweeted thousands of times. It’s a real shame that Donald Trump is little more than a punch line. How embarrassing for a president of the United States, and it’s even more embarrassing for us to have to call him “president” (not that many of us do).
According to Kyiv Post, all of this began with a trip to New York by Lutsenko, who began feeding Giuliani these “wild conspiracy theories” that had absolutely no basis in fact. According to an earlier piece, Giuliani turned over notes of his conversations to the State Department, which were in turn given to Congress. Obviously, Congress saw these notes for what they were (bullshit) since we haven’t heard much, if anything, about them. But for someone like Giuliani, a former prosecutor who should know better, to take this crap and run with it is completely unbelievable. This shows just how desperate he and Trump are to win.
Trump, in turn, will likely believe anything that might help him to get reelected, but seriously, Trump? This is a man who has time and again belittled our intelligence community and publicly lambasted them in favor of Vladimir Putin, yet he’s eager to believe fantasies promulgated by a disgraced Ukraine prosecutor who was seeking favor with Trump. This is not just sad, it’s dangerous. It further proves that Trump will go to any lengths to hold onto an office he doesn’t even really want. What’s really going on here? Time may tell as information continues to come out, but it’s more clear than ever that Trump is a traitor of the United States.
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years