Friday, October 23, 2020
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

LPR here sets down relevant portions of the transcript of the Trump-Zelensky phone conversation

November 5, 2019 --

President Trump to President Zelensky:   I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine know a lot about it. I would like you top find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike [a cybersecurity company]...I guess you have one of your wealthy people ...  The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you are surrounding yourself with some of the same people.  I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it.  As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of its started with Ukraine.  Whatever you can do, it;s very important that you do its if that's possible.      [President Zelensky told Mr. Trump that he was replacing to ambassador to the U.S., would  surround himself "with great people, " and guaranteed "that all the investigations will be done  openly and candidly."]

President Trump's   reference to former Vice President Biden:    There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatver you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it... It sounds horrible to me.   [President Zelensky said he understood the situation and the next prosecutor will look into it. Mr. Zelensky said that  any additional information "would be very  helpful."

President Zelensky went on to agree with President Trump's criticism of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.  Mr.  Zelensky added, "Her attitude towards me was far from the best as she admired the previous President and she was on his side. She would not accept me as a new President well enough."  ( The Ukraine president's comment stands in stark contrast to The Washington Post's account of  Ambassador Yovanovitch's  testimony before  the impeachment inquiry October 11.  According to this account,  Ms. Yovanovitch  "was caught in a storm of unsubstantiated allegations pushed by the president's personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani and a cast of former Ukrainian officials who viewed her as a threat to their financial and political interests."    As her testimony was also given behind closed doors, the Post must have published its story based on leaks.)

LPR perceives at least two messages from this "impeachment inquiry": Mr. Trump, lacking full presidential powers, is subordinate to the views of the bureaucracy, and, Democratic presidential candidates are above the law. Republican senators: take notice.