Trump tries to force Ukraine to meddle in the 2020 election

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. (Stepan Franko/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

By Editorial BoardSeptember 5 at 7:31 PM


UKRAINE’S NEOPHYTE president, Volodymyr Zelensky, took a big step this week toward proving that he will be, as he promised, the most pro-reform president in Ukraine’s history. On Monday, he laid out a breathtakingly ambitious five-year plan including virtually every measure the International Monetary Fund and Western governments have urged on Ukraine in recent years, from land reform to the privatization of state companies to a cleansing of the judiciary.

That ought to be cause for celebration in Washington, where successive Democratic and Republican administrations have tried to draw Ukraine away from Vladi­mir Putin’s Russia and into the ranks of Western democracies, only to be frustrated by the fecklessness and corruption of the country’s political leaders. Yet Mr. Zelensky has so far failed to win the backing of President Trump. Not only has Mr. Trump refused to grant the Ukrainian leader a White House visit, but also he has suspended the delivery of $250 million in U.S. military aid to a country still fighting Russian aggression in its eastern provinces.

Some suspect Mr. Trump is once again catering to Mr. Putin, who is dedicated to undermining Ukrainian democracy and independence. But we’re reliably told that the president has a second and more venal agenda: He is attempting to force Mr. Zelensky to intervene in the 2020 U.S. presidential election by launching an investigation of the leading Democratic candidate, Joe Biden. Mr. Trump is not just soliciting Ukraine’s help with his presidential campaign; he is using U.S. military aid the country desperately needs in an attempt to extort it.

The strong-arming of Mr. Zelensky was openly reported to the New York Times last month by Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, who said he had met in Madrid with a close associate of the Ukrainian leader and urged that the new government restart an investigation of Mr. Biden and his son. Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company, while Joe Biden, as vice president, urged the dismissal of Ukraine’s top prosecutor, who investigated the firm.

Mr. Giuliani also wants a probe of claims that revelations of payments by a Ukrainian political party to Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, were part of a plot to wreck Mr. Trump’s candidacy. In other words, Trump associates want the Ukrainian government to prove that Ukraine improperly acted against Mr. Trump in the 2016 election; but they also want it to meddle in his favor for 2020.

Mr. Zelensky is incapable of delivering on either demand. The revelations about Mr. Manafort came from a Ukrainian legislator who was fighting for domestic reform, not Hillary Clinton. And the Biden case, which has already been investigated by Ukrainian authorities, is bogus on its face. The former vice president was one of a host of senior Western officials who pressed for the dismissal of the prosecutor, who was accused of blocking anti-corruption measures.

The White House claims Mr. Trump suspended Ukraine’s military aid in order for it be reviewed. But, as CNN reported, the Pentagon has already completed the study and recommended that the hold be lifted. Yet Mr. Trump has not yet acted. If his recalcitrance has a rationale, other than seeking to compel a foreign government to aid his reelection, the president has yet to reveal it.

7 comments

  • “Mr. Giuliani also wants a probe of claims that revelations of payments by a Ukrainian political party to Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, were part of a plot to wreck Mr. Trump’s candidacy. In other words, Trump associates want the Ukrainian government to prove that Ukraine improperly acted against Mr. Trump in the 2016 election; but they also want it to meddle in his favor for 2020.”
    Giuliani is putlerite scum. A close friend of kremlin shill Michael Savage, he is loyal to both Trumpkov and putler and does not give a monkey’s wank about Ukraine.
    Manafort is almost as guilty as putler for the mass murder and land theft inflicted on Ukraine, since it was he who skanked Yanukovich into power, using sophistry and deep cunning to con an immature electorate.

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  • He gave today the keywitness of MH17 in the murdering hands of Putin,…………………………………….traitor!

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    • англійський масон

      My guess is that he had no choice, the short arsed cocksucker probably made it the determining factor.

      I wouldn’t have been surprised if the Plane that landed in Ukraine had been empty and they then confiscated the Planes that landed in vatnikistan.

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  • Trump is a fat orange fuck, not worth noticing. The Pentagon, Congress and Senate represent America, not Putin’s piss-puppet.

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  • Giulani is a mafia bag of shiit that should have joined Hoffa in a garbage dump in the Atlantic. Just disappear real quiet like, ya see.
    Don Don is another mafia schill looking out for his own interests. Making the attempt to invite the G7 members to his property for their next meeting is only one indication of his narcisstic tendencies.
    I can agree with the previous comment about the Pootie has him by the short curlies in the form of dirt on him.

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  • Ukrainian-Americans better wake up & realize what’s going on here. Despite being stallwart, long time supporters of the GOP as most Ukrainian-Americans always have been, Trump & Giuliani are throwing Ukraine under the bus, blaming Ukraine for what Russia did, hack the 2016 election. I don’t put anything past Trump/Giuliani or their real partner, Vladimir Putin. Ukrainian-Americans could find themselves targets of a vicious campaign from the Far Right to call them agents of the “Deep State” that wants to get rid of Trump. Trump’s already promised to cut military aid to Ukraine because of “corruption” which coming from Trump is hilarious. Trump supporters, some of them anyway, can be rabid crazy people. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Ukrainian-Americans vilified, called Nazis, etc. After all the years of Ukrainian-American support for the Republican Party seeing this all play out should be an eye opener for us. Nobody in American politics REALLY cares about Ukraine & Ukrainians. The GOP has completely FLIPPED on us and we’re basically on our own now. All of this is making one person in Moscow very happy.

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  • I haven’t seen anything you described on the GOP side but I remember not too long ago Obama told Medvedev that he would be more “Flexible” after the 2012 election. We don’t have to think very hard about what he meant. Then a few months later he stormed into the Crimea and told Ukrainians to “stand down.”

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