California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff is aware that the whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump is a bust.
If he thought he had something he would have started the testimony of the Director of National Intelligence on Thursday by reading it.
But what he decided to do was to create a fictitious conversation between President Donald Trump and the Ukrainian president that never happened.
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The presidential oath of office requires the president of the United States to do two things. Faithfully execute his or her office and protect and defend the Constitution.
That oath cannot be honored if the president does not first defend the country. If our national security is jeopardized, if our country is left undefended, the necessity to faithfully execute the office becomes moot.
Where there is no country, there is no office to execute. So the duty to defend The Nation is foundational to the president’s responsibilities. What of this second responsibility to defend the Constitution?
What does that really mean? The Founders were not speaking, of course, of a piece of parchment. They were expressing the obligation of the president to defend the institutions of our democracy, to defend our system of checks and balances that the Constitution enshrines, to defend the rule of law, upon which America was born that we are a nation of laws, not men.
If we do not defend The Nation, there is no constitution. But if we do not defend the Constitution, there is no nation worth defending. Yesterday, we were presented with a most graphic evidence yet that the president of the United States has been betrayed his oath of office.
Betrayed his oath to defend our national security and betrayed his oath to defend our constitution. For yesterday, we were presented with a record of a call between the president of the United States and the president of Ukraine in which the president — our president sacrificed our national security and our constitution for his personal political benefit.
To understand how he did so we must understand how overwhelmingly dependent Ukraine is on the United States, militarily, financially, diplomatically and in every other way. Not just on the United States, but on the person of the president. Ukraine was invaded by its neighbor by our common adversary, by Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
It remains occupied by Russian forces in a long simmering war. Ukraine desperately needs our help and for years we have given it. On a bipartisan basis. That is until two months ago when it was held up in by President Trump. It is in this context, after a brief congratulatory call, and after the president’s personal emissary Rudy Giuliani made it clear to officials that the president wanted dirt on his political opponent, it’s in this context that the new president of Ukraine would speak to Donald Trump over the phone on July 25th.
Eager to establish himself at home as a friend of the president of the most powerful nation on Earth had at least two objectives. Get a meeting with the president and get more military help. So what happened on that call? He begins by trying to enlist the support of the president. He expresses his interest in meeting with the president and says his country wants to acquire more weapons from us to defend itself. What is the president’s response?
It reads like a classic organized crime shakedown. In not so many words, this is the essence of what the president communicates.
“We have been very good to your country, very good. No other country has done as much as we have. But you know what? I don’t see much reciprocity here. I hear what you want.
“I have a favor I want from you though. I’m going to say this only seven times so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent. Lots of it. On this and on that. I’m going to put you in touch with people, not just any people, I am going to put you in touch with the Attorney general, my Attorney general Bill Barr.
“He has the whole weight of the American law enforcement behind him. I’m going to put you in touch with Rudy. You are going to love him. Trust me.
“You know what I’m asking. So I’m only going to say this a few more times. In a few more ways. By the way, don’t call me again. I will call you when you have done what I asked.”
This is in sum and character what the president was trying to communicate with the president of Ukraine.
Nope Rep. Schiff. You had to create a fake conversation because the real conversation does not say anything that you say.
This article originally appeared at The Federalist Papers and was republished with permission.
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