For at least the ten thousandth time since Trump's bid for the presidency began, the dems are declaring he's finally done. They have the smoking
Of course, reality doesn't quite match that. A smoking gun is a piece of evidence that can be matched with all of the testimony and other evidence to
prove the crime committed. But that's where this "smoking gun" falls short.
It's not evidence, it's testimony. Not only that, it's testimony in direct contradiction to multiple other people's testimony including a statement
from the people trump was allegedly "extorting" for personal gain. Not only that, it's testimony that directly contradicts the facts on the ground.
Taylor alleges the "quid pro quo" began in august of 2019. However, according to the prosecutor general of ukraine they had reopened the investigation
(quid) in february of 2019.
Then you have to consider that there is still no crime here. Trump asking for cooperation on investigating corruption is not illegal or unethical.
Even tying ukrainian aid to it is not illegal or unethical. It's like russian collusion, there is no underlying crime being alleged. Just dastardly
Now, let me cut right to the core of this "testimony" with this:
It's highly convenient that in june and july, there was no quid pro quo that taylor was aware of. Then suddenly in august/september he becomes aware
of it. What happened in august? Well, the whistleblower (alleging such a quid pro quo) comes to schiff's office. So at the exact same time that
democrats become aware of (or fabricate) an alleged QPQ, mr taylor does too. What luck!
Let's take a look at the timeline:
May: zelenskyy becomes president, trump sends congratulatory letter
June: Trump and zelenskyy trying to work out details of meeting (as talked about in letter)
June: Hold is placed on ukrainian aid
July: Trump speaks on the phone to zelenskyy
Up to this point there is no "quid pro quo" (QPQ) that taylor is aware of
August: Whistle blower with 2nd hand knowledge says there's QPQ in the phone call and runs to schiff
August: taylor finds out there is QPQ
September: taylor texts sondland about QPQ, sondland says there's no QPQ
September: Hold on ukrainian money released
September: taylor tells ukraine not to get involved in US politics (announce investigations)
September: Trump meets zelenskyy
So let's get this all straight. The alleged QPQ was that in order to meet trump and secure their military aid from the US, zelenskyy needed to start
investigations into biden and the 2016 election and publicly talk about them.
1) zelenskyy has denied being pressured to investigate
2) Ukraine has both recieved their aid and met with trump
3) The investigation was going on before zelenskyy won
4) Zelenskyy has not publicly talked about the investigation
5) The fairy tale told by taylor in his testimony has no evidence to back it up and the evidence he refers to actually undercuts his fairy tale.
Taylor is also falsely being represented as our ambassador to ukraine. He is not. We do not have an ambassador to ukraine right now. Trump fired the
prior one, yovanovitch, in may. In his written testimony he claims he has been heading up the embassy in ukraine since may 28th, yet according to
Ukraine he didn't take up that post until
. From may 28th
to June 18th the US embassy in ukraine
by a woman named
kristina kvien. Now, maybe this is innocent and he met with pompeo like he said on may 28th but was unable to go until June 18th and thus the short
interim of kristina. If anyone knows how to check SoS visitor logs I would be interested to find out if he even met with pompeo that day.
So yes, now they've got him. William
taylor delivers the smoking gun.
edit on 23-10-2019 by Dfairlite because: (no reason given)