Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson made the case on Sunday that the partisan whistleblower’s claims and the impeachment process it spawned have engendered nothing but negative ramifications for the United States and its future relationships with its allies and enemies abroad.
“[O]ne thing I want to point out is the damages being done to our country through this entire impeachment process,” he said Sunday afternoon to left-wing MSNBC host Chuck Todd. “It’s going to be very difficult for future presidents to have a candid conversation with a world leader, because now we’ve set the precedent of leaking transcripts.”
This ongoing process has also unveiled to the world that every conversation between the U.S. president and other world leaders is overheard by dozens of government officials.
“The weakening of executive privilege is not good,” Johnson continued. “And, by the way, those individuals that leaked this — if their interest was a stronger relationship with Ukraine, they didn’t accomplish this. Having all this coming out into the public has weakened that relationship and exposed things that didn’t need to be exposed.”
While the senator didn’t provide any clarification, what he likely referenced was, among other things, the joint efforts by the Trump administration and the Ukrainian government to root out corruption, as well as the manner in which the two administrations have and continue to negotiate their unique relationship.
“When I was in Ukraine with Sen. [Chris] Murphy, one of the points I was trying to make as we left that meeting was let’s minimize this, let’s talk about this is a timing difference in terms of funding,” Johnson continued.
Early in September, around the time that the whistleblower complaint emerged, Johnson and Murphy traveled together to Ukraine to investigate whether the withholding of military aid was related to efforts by the president to convince his Ukrainian counterpart to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.
Speaking on CNN after the visit, Murphy confirmed that the answer was no.
Democratic Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy: Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky “did not make any connection” between the then-cut off U.S. military aid and investigative requests pic.twitter.com/IQABicPUL0
— RJC (@RJC) September 27, 2019
He specifically said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “did not make any connection between the aid that had been cut off and the requests that he was getting from [the president’s attorney Rudy] Giuliani,” who had previously traveled to Ukraine to argue the merits of an investigation.
Continuing his remarks, Johnson added that as soon as the the two returned from Ukraine, the delayed funding was finally released, thus resolving the matter.
“So this would have been far better off if we would have just taken care of this behind the scenes,” he said. “We have two branches of government. Most people wanted to support Ukraine. We were trying to convince President Trump.”
But the president was skeptical over legitimate concerns of corruption, which has long plagued the European nation’s government.
Congressional Democrats have taken this concern — which the whistleblower and other entrenched “career” officials have accused of being political in nature — and used it to argue that the president committed an impeachable offense.
And given that the left-wing media are wholly opposed to Trump and his presidency, they’ve been more than happy to raise the whistleblower up as a veritable hero.
“I listened to The Washington Post article lionizing this whistle blower. If the whistleblower’s goals is to improve our relationship with Ukraine, he utterly failed,” Johnson’s remarks concluded.
All the whistleblower’s complaint has done, it would appear, is unleash a torrent of additional gossip about Trump and how his administration operates.
Take testimony provided Friday by a diplomatic staffer who works under William Taylor, the top diplomat to Ukraine. The testimony included inside information — i.e., secrets — about the president’s foreign policy moves.
Speaking privately before the committee, Taylor’s aide David Holmes described overhearing a phone call between President Donald Trump and Gordon D. Sondland, the American ambassador to the European Union.
“I heard Ambassador Sondland greet the president and explain that he was calling from Kiev. I heard President Trump then clarify that Ambassador Sondland was in Ukraine. Ambassador Sondland replied, yes, he was in Ukraine, and went on to state that President Zelensky ‘loves your a**,’” he testified.
It’s not clear how the Ukrainian president will react to having his personal feelings about his U.S. counterpart be exposed for the entire world to see.
Taylor aide’s closed door testimony leaks: says Sondland told Trump, Zelensky ‘loves your ass’ https://t.co/KqKl1Ic9Un
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 16, 2019
According to Holmes, the president then allegedly asked Sondland whether Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was willing to conduct an investigation into credible allegations of corruption surrounding both the 2016 U.S. presidential election and former Vice President Joe Biden.
“I then heard President Trump ask, ‘So, he’s gonna do the investigation?’ Ambassador Sondland replied that ‘he’s gonna do it,’ adding that President Zelenskyy will do ‘anything you ask him to,’” he claimed.
While this may be true, the fact that it’s been revealed publicly to all 7.53+ billion people on Earth likely bodes badly for America’s future foreign policy agenda.
Yet despite exposing the U.S. government for all to see, the whistleblower has done everything in his power to stop his own name and track record from being exposed.
It seems awfully suspicious …
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