The American left’s anti-Trump tantrum, now more than three years old, has practically reached fever pitch. It is not easy to imagine that anybody would steal the spotlight from President Donald Trump himself: He is, after all, public enemy number one in the eyes of progressives. If there were such an individual loud enough, unfiltered enough, and far enough off-script to possibly attract more attention than the president, though, it would be former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Never content to sit back and allow Democrats to railroad Trump – first with a phony Russian collusion story and then with a fabricated accusation of strong-arming the Ukrainian government into digging up dirt on a Democratic presidential candidate – Giuliani decided to do some digging of is own.
Biden-Ukraine Dealings Off Limits?
Though neither the president nor his attorney has committed any crime, Democrats have suggested that the latter has gone completely off the reservation by daring to revive the question of Joe Biden’s possibly corrupt interactions with the previous Ukrainian government.
Whether or not Biden or his son, Hunter, have broken any laws is beside the point. The appearance of influence-peddling is undeniable – overwhelming, even. Giuliani appears to have become the president’s attack dog on all things Ukraine and, for that reason, Democrats are going after him hard, terrified – it seems – that he may connect enough dots to finally kill Biden’s flagging presidential hopes.
More than that, though, the Ukrainians may yet produce damning evidence not of Biden’s dodgy escapades in that country, but of a conspiracy between certain Ukrainian officials and the Democratic National Committee. The aim of that conspiracy? To sabotage Trump’s 2016 election campaign and throw the vote to Hillary Clinton. Indeed, Joe Biden was never in Giuliani’s crosshairs when the latter started digging into Ukrainian ties: He was, in fact, looking into the DNC’s attempts to solicit foreign help in influencing a US election.
Giuliani on Capitol Hill, Maybe
Though he has denied it, House Democrats claim to have subpoenaed Giuliani to testify about his and his client’s dealings with Ukraine. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has also invited the attorney to speak with the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“Given the House of Representatives’ behavior,” Graham tweeted recently, “it is time for the Senate to inquire about corruption and other improprieties involving Ukraine.” Giuliani is reported to be considering the invitation.
In the meantime, the White House is refusing to cooperate with the Democrats’ so-called impeachment investigation until the full House votes on it. Should such a vote take place, the Republicans would then have access to subpoena power in order to essentially mount a defense of the president and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is obviously trying to deny them that opportunity for as long as possible.
As for Giuliani – who, at times, appears to be doing no favors for either himself or the president – he might be wise, one could argue, to accept Sen. Graham’s invitation and use the opportunity to lay out what, if anything, he knows about the 2016 connections between the Ukrainian government, the Obama administration, and the DNC. If the president’s attorney has the goods on those connections or even some credible leads worthy of further inquiry, it could turn the entire faux-impeachment effort on its head.