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Contest of impeachment narrative

PAUL DOORIS

Montoursville

While assessing the significance of Trump’s controversial phone conversation with Ukrainian President Zelensky, it’s important to highlight facts relevant to the wider political context.

Facts often ignored:

1. In 2014 the Serious Fraud Office of the United Kingdom investigated the Ukrainian company Burisma Holdings for money laundering.

2. Two months after being discharged from the Naval Reserve in 2014, Hunter Biden was hired by Burisma during the same period of time that Vice President Joe Biden was working on official diplomatic relations with Ukraine.

3. From 2014 until 2019 Burisma paid Hunter Biden approximately $50,000 per month in exchange for his services of “giving advice on legal issues, corporate finance, and strategy.”

4. The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine conducted 15 investigations into Burisma Holdings.

5. In 2016, then Vice President Biden threatened to withhold “a billion dollars in loan guarantees” if the Ukrainian President did not fire the state prosecutor.

6. Later in 2016, the former Prosecutor General of Ukraine accused Burisma of conspiracy and tax evasion.

7. On July 12th 2017, a New York Times article assessed a report that claimed “Alexandra Chalupa, a consultant for the DNC from 2014 to 2016, worked to expose ties between Paul Manafort and Russia with help from officials at the Ukrainian Embassy.” The article stated that “she shared her findings with the DNC and journalists during the 2016 election.”

8. On Dec. 12, 2018, a New York Times article entitled “Ukraine Court Rules Manafort Disclosure Caused ‘Meddling’ in U.S. Election” stated that the Kiev District Administrative Court ruled that the head of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau for Ukraine violated the law by releasing information on Paul Manafort. The court statement said that this violation “resulted in meddling in the electoral process of the United States in 2016…”

The willingness of impeachment enthusiasts to ignore these relevant facts leads me to conclude that this impeachment is purely partisan politics devoid of any principles pertaining to justice.

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