There’s something the American public needs to remember amid all this chatter about impeaching President Donald Trump after his phone conversation with the president of Ukraine. The progressive left and its staunch allies in the press want everyone to focus like the proverbial laser beam on Trump’s request that Ukrainian authorities investigate the son of former vice president Joe Biden. After all, attempting to obtain damaging information on a political rival from a foreign government would be unthinkable, right? Apparently, the left isn’t quite as consistent on matters such as these as it might have you believe. Now, it’s time for a trip down memory lane.
A Journey Back in Time
A long time ago, in a period known as the year 2016, two candidates were vying for the highest office in the land. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was sure to defeat Donald Trump, a former reality television star. After Trump was elected after all, someone leaked the content of an infamous dossier that was supposed to prove the president was secretly a Russian spy who engaged in questionable activities with prostitutes.
The dossier was mostly debunked, but it was worth noting that Clinton’s campaign funded the creation of the documents. Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the “information” consulted with multiple Ukrainian and Russian sources to collect damaging information against President Trump. He was subcontracted by Fusion GPS, a company that was hired by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to conduct opposition research.
Nellie Ohr, who worked as a contractor for Fusion GPS, testified in front of Congress that some of the information the company uncovered about then-candidate Trump came from a member of Ukraine’s parliament. She handed this information over to the FBI through her husband, Bruce Ohr.
Alexandra Chalupa, a consultant for the Democratic National Committee and a Ukrainian-American operative, met with Ukrainian officials in 2016 to expose ties between Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Russia. She also met with Ukraine’s ambassador to the US along with 68 Ukrainian journalists to obtain dirt on the president.
Apples & Oranges? Or Impeachment?
It appears all but certain that the Democratic Party will attempt to go through with the impeachment process. But given the fact that high-profile Democrats had previously colluded with Ukraine to gather damaging information on the president, it’s difficult to believe that a GOP-controlled Senate would vote to convict and remove Trump.
Not only does this episode expose the hypocrisy of the progressive left – which hasn’t uttered a word about the actions of the Clinton campaign – but it also creates a buffer for Republicans. If no legal action was taken against Clinton, and no fuss was raised, how can anybody justify targeting Trump just because some might interpret his phone call as an attempt to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, who hasn’t even won the 2020 Democratic nomination?
Regardless of his intentions, Trump’s phone call was not a good look, and he has likely made his situation even more difficult. It’s yet another instance in which the president has given ammo to the left. However, impeachment may actually play in his favor. If the president can successfully cast the inquiry as nothing more than a politically-motivated witch hunt, the proceedings could benefit his 2020 chances rather than hurt them.