I am not a fan of Mr. Trump. As I read the transcript, I did not see a smoking gun. Mr. Trump never said anything like: “In exchange for this military aid, I want you get some dirt on Mr. Biden’s son.” Rather he said something like: “Can you investigate Mr. Biden’s son? I think there is something fishy going on.”
Of course, there is the implication of some quid pro quo, and maybe there is some clear evidence that I just haven’t seen yet. But the phone transcripts — and whatever witness testimony there might be —by themselves, are not enough to gain a conviction in a neutral court of law.
Right from the start of this scandal, I had questions about Mr. Biden’s son. According to his Wikipedia article, this man has done nothing in his life to warrant a director’s job in a Ukrainian energy company. How did he get this job? Probably through some quid pro quo deal made by his father when he was vice president. And yet, I have only seen one Medium article that challenges that aspect of this scandal. And it seems the Democrat Party is going to overlook Mr. Biden’s indiscretion as he still is a viable contender in that presidential race. It seems if one is an anti-trumper, it is OK for Mr. Biden’s son to have this cushy job.
The media frenzy and anti-trump forces jumped on this scandal so hard that it was hard for Ms. Pelosi to continue to say “Let’s hold on”. She was at risk of losing her political job, and the Democratic Party was at risk of losing the votes from the anti-trump forces. They didn’t have much choice.
And granted there has been more than enough previous shady happenings to make the Ukrainian scandal to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
But to compare this scandal to the Iran-Contra affair is silly.