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Did Trump-Biden-Ukraine Drama Just Implode? WaPo Reports No "Quid Pro Quo" Offered During Phone Call

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The latest ‘smoking gun’ Democrats have been clinging to in search of that ever-elusive Trump impeachment may have just imploded – after the Washington Post quietly reported on Friday evening that a July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky did not contain an explicit quid pro quo if Ukraine launched an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son as initially reported.

While President Trump did reportedly “pressure the recently elected leader to more aggressively pursue” the investigation, “Trump did not raise the issue of American military and intelligence aid that had been pledged to Ukraine, indicating there was not an explicit quid pro quo in that call.

Of course, it has been reported that there were multiple calls – however one might think that the Washington Post‘s super high-level anonymous government source would have access to the others as well, and ostensibly would have leaked the most damaging information available.

The call is part of a broader set of facts included in the whistleblower complaint that is at the center of a showdown between the executive branch and Congress, with officials in the Trump administration refusing to divulge any information about the substance of an Aug. 12 report to the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community.

The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president. –Washington Post

So – the current US president asked Ukraine to conduct a legal investigation into the former US Vice President, who openly bragged about withholding $1 billion in US loan guarantees unless they fired the guy investigating his son and his son’s company – and there was no quid pro quo offered in exchange for that investigation – at least not on that phone call.

Given all the attention that the MSM and Congressional Democrats have poured into their latest smoking squirt gun, they continue to ignore whatever shady schemes Biden may have engaged in – and are instead pushing the ‘Trump election interference’ and ‘white house cover-up’ angles, after the Trump administration prevented acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire from sharing material contained in a whistleblower complaint about the phone call(s).

The issue has become a source of tension between the White House and the office of the DNI, with Maguire forced into the position of fending off lawmakers’ demands — citing jurisdictional objections — while the White House avoids asserting executive privilege or taking a clear legal position.

Maguire’s scheduled testimony in open session before the House Intelligence Committee next week could force the White House’s hand. He is almost certain to face questions about any direction he has taken from the White House.

Maguire has also turned to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel for guidance on the matter, according to a senior administration official who said, “Those consultations are ongoing. At no time has Pat Cipollone personally directed the DNI to withhold information from Congress.” –Washington Post

Earlier Friday, President Trump downplayed ‘whistleblowergate’ as “ridiculous,” describing the whistleblower as “partisan” and reiterating that Biden should be investigated.

“I’ll tell you this, somebody ought to look into Joe Biden’s statement where He talked about billions of dollars that he’s not giving to a certain country unless a certain prosecutor is taken off the case. So, somebody ought to look into that and you wouldn’t because he’s a Democrat. And the fake news doesn’t look into things like that, it’s a disgrace,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

The president then warned the press that they’re completely wrong on this story, noting “”You’ve had a very bad week, and this will be better than all of ’em, this is another one. So keep playing it out because you’re gonna look really bad when it falls, and I guess I’m about 22 and 0 and I’ll keep it that way.”

“…keep asking questions and building it up as big as possible so you can have a bigger downfall.”

On Thursday, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani defended his discussions with Ukraine, telling CNN‘s Chris Cuomo on Thursday that the topic of Biden’s dealings in Ukraine were ‘tangential’ to the 2016 election interference question – in which a Ukrainian court ruled that government officials meddled for Hillary in 2016 by releasing details of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s ‘Black Book’ to Clinton campaign staffer Alexandra Chalupa.

And now we find out that Trump never offered a quid pro quo, as initially reported.

via zerohedge

21 COMMENTS

  1. The Democrats are desperate. As I have been saying the closer we get to exposing all of the corruption in D.C. – from the Clintons – Obama – or whoever the hell he really is – Mueller – Comey – Lynch – Holder – The FBI & DOJ – the louder and more insane the rhetoric against Trump will get. The Democrats are literally in quick sand and clutching for straws.

  2. If Trump is unafraid of the contents of these phone calls, why shouldn’t he instruct his people to release the whistle blower report? After all the law dictates that Congress is within their rights to request the facts. Why is trump blocking that if the phone call was just a “beautiful conversation”

    • get your facts straight – Trump isn’t blocking sh**….The DOJ is and rightfully so…..Under the whistle blowers act they will be protected under the law…..(something obozo never practiced…..Trump is the chief executive of the USA – He has a right to talk to other heads of state and as Commander in Chief – has the right to respond militarily to any force endangering allies or the USA…..That includes the southern border….It’s just more deep-staters keeping the attacks ongoing….

    • Because conversations between elected leaders is top secret. POTUS would cannot release the Prime Minister’s conversation without his permission as it is. If leaders of other countries can’t trust classified conversations to kept classified, this and future presidents will not be able to talk at all about anything. Where does that leave this country?
      Under these new rules, JFK woiuld not be able to talk to Kruschev to defuse the Cuban situation and we would have had a nuclear war instead of a soviet withdrawal.
      Since when does the DIA spy on a sitting POTUS? that is absolutely unacceptable. This could have very well been a spy for a foreign government passing inside secrets. Remember Aldridge Aims? he worked for years passing secrets to Russia. The DIA has a history of bad actors. The DIA works directly for the POTUS> not congress or the msm. I am now wondering when they shut down the WH for renovations and upgrades, if they didn’t install a spy network to monitor POTUS. The whistle blower needs ton be executed for endangering National Security>

    • Don Lemon said the phone call was about POTUS talking to Putin and agreeing to everything Putin asked, even licking his jack boots!!

      Wake up folks you all know exectly who the good guys are and who the bad guys are……and the good guys are not the corporate globalist demos with their proposed global governance via unelected bureaucrats appointed by the Western private central banks and mega multi-national corporations…….wake up!!

    • I agree!! Trump held up the military aid to Ukraine UNTIL he could have a conversation withe Ukrainian leader and tell him EIGHT times to investigate Hunter Biden. Then Trump released the sid. The quid pro quo is obvious

      • Statements like this proves the sheep among us.
        Only indoctrinated Socialists that can’t do their own homework make claims with no proof.
        Will you apologize when you are proven wrong?

  3. Cuomo is a complete & utter MORON! This guy is such a Trump Hater that he will embellish, manufacture and flat out lie on any subject that he BELIEVES will disparage OUR President!
    Man, I’m so glad i do not watch or listen to him 99% of the time, snip-its lije this are the extent of it. Plenty enough, for sure!!

  4. Brennan the former CIA Chief a former Communist by admission, now on fake news cnn and msnbc about Trump with Ukraine. He along with Clapper, McCade, and Comey. The heat is on as they get closer to Obama criminal role being exposed, they will do anything, anything, possible to remove Trump.

    • Speaking of the traitor, Brennan~~ how does one get to be a former Communist? Just curious. I think it’s probably like a Marine, there are no ex-Marines and there are no ex-Communists.

  5. The media condemns itself on a daily basis. They choose THEIR truth over facts! This American is thoroughly disgusted by the FACT that the media is the super PAC of the Democrat party. It is straight out of the communist manifesto. “Control the media, control the masses.” Well the “masses” are wising up to them.

  6. Coumo like his brother is nothing but a POS and got his job through connections like they all did and do – if you research these MSM trashlickers you will find that they are married – related or family to someone….get your facts straight – Trump isn’t blocking sh**….The DOJ is and rightfully so…..Under the whistle blowers act they will be protected under the law…..(something obozo never practiced…..Trump is the chief executive of the USA – He has a right to talk to other heads of state and as Commander in Chief – has the right to respond militarily to any force endangering allies or the USA…..That includes the southern border….It’s just more deep-staters keeping the attacks ongoing….

  7. Well, Dims aren’t going to stop until they can find something to IMPEACH him for. And, I want to know WHO the ‘whistleblower’ is. Is it a disgruntled former employee? Or a secret Dim who is making this whole thing up? And, I agree with the President that Biden AND his son should be investigated. Although the President would beat Biden hands down, I’m SO sick of the Dims shenanigans!

  8. ANOTHER LIE, ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO BRING THE PRESIDENT DOWN! Leave him alone, you are nothing but a bunch of mean rats, Democrats and Liberals, you’re all the same. Except for your lazy dumb supporters, the rest of Americans know your evil games. Give up and accept what God gave us.

  9. Trump made several calls to the Ukraine, as the WAPO article stated.
    The “whistle-blower” was complaining about ONE call.
    You know that Trumps has several people listening in on every call. How stupid does the left sound with these allegations . . . Biden is on tape for Pete’s sake!
    I bet when this is all exposed, we will find out that the ‘blower’ is indeed an Obama holdover, who was trying tp protect Biden’s bid for 2020. He, she or it should be tried for sedition.

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