1. You’re kidding, right? https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/12/world/europe/ukraine-paul-manafort.html
  2. You have your facts wrong again: The prosecutor who was fired was about to interview Hunter Biden, so he was not stonewalling an investigation into Burisma.
  3. Read the transcript for yourself. Trump is asking for help getting to the bottom of what happened in 2016. #1 above shows the valid predicate for that request; Trump was also asking them to look into rumors the DNC server was in the possession of Ukranians. Seeing as the FBI never had custody of that server — which is why the indictment for supposedly hacking into it was an absolute joke — again, this is a perfectly legitimate request (of note, cyber security, incident response, and expert witness testimony about it is what I do — that indictment does not assert a single fact which can ever be tried in a U.S. court); and third he asked them to look into the arrangement Joe Biden bragged about. Well sunuvabitch, a valid predicate spills right out of Quid Pro Joe’s own mouth! Even if Trump did tie the aid to these three requests, with each having a valid predicate, each request is perfectly consistent with the treaty obligations of both countries on matter like this.
  4. What “channels” are valid for the conduct of foreign policy is a question the President gets to determine for himself; he can conduct foreign policy via any channel he chooses.

And that is what this boils down to. Hamilton would have called this “maladministration” and expressly said it was not thought by the founders to be a valid reason to impeach. You might not like how Trump goes about his business, but he got elected, not you or me.

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