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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Why Testimony Should Be Taken From the "Whistleblower"

December 19, 2019 --

The "whistleblower" complaint, August 12, 2019, to Senator Richard Burr and Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the intelligence committees of the House and Senate, presents a road map to the handling of the impeachment inquiry leading to articles of impeachment against President Trump.   

This complaint was based on "information from multiple U.S. Government officials," and, thus, was based on hearsay.    Who drafted the complaint?  Was this the work of just one person, did he have help, was it written for him?   

This complaint dovetails with the first article of impeachment: both documents  accused President Trump of soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 election, and putting pressure on a foreign country to probe a major political rival.  Perhaps not insignificantly, the complaint acknowledged that the July 25 phone conversation between President Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky began with an "exchange of pleasantries."   

The complaint does not acknowledge, however, that the conversation concluded with an exchange of pleasantries as well.  Would a conversation including undue pressure on Mr. Zelensky have  ended with another "exchange of pleasantries"?   The whistleblower should be asked, among other things,  why isn't  it a fair inference, from the Democrats' response to the July 25 phone conversation, that they fear the results of a probe of the Bidens' involvement with Ukraine would be politically damaging to him, and that they believe no other Democratic candidate for president can defeat Mr. Trump?

 And by the way, why was it necessary for then-Vice President Biden to serve, in effect, as U.S. proconsul for Ukraine?   Why is the conduct of the Obama administration in Ukraine from 2013 to 2017, including a role in the ouster of a duly-elected president,  not considered meddling in a foreign country?   

By the time of the election of President Trump, did Obama officials believe that if they could remove Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych from power, they should be able to remove Mr. Trump, as well.   

 (LPR is looking forward to the report from U.S. Attorney John Durham on, arguably,  the origins of the disinformation put forth by the likes of former CIA director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, joined by former FBI Director James Comey,  to discredit President Donald J. Trump and gain  his ouster as president.)