Reported ‘corruption matters’ aren’t fact-based

To the editor:

This is in direct response to the guest column of Feb. 5 (by Sen. Pat Toomey) as well as indirectly the editorial of Dec. 21 entitled “Fairness matters, even if it doesn’t to Congressional Democrats.”

House Democrats’ impeachment articles allege that President Trump briefly paused aid, and withheld a White House meeting with Ukraine’s president, to pressure Ukraine into investigating two publicly reported corruption matters. The first matter was possible Ukrainian interference in our 2016 election. The second was Joe Biden’s role in firing the controversial Ukrainian prosecutor investigating a company on whose board Biden’s son sat. When House Democrats demanded witnesses and documents concerning the president’s conduct, he invoked constitutional rights and resisted their demands.

No, Sen. Toomey, you are wrong, you are lying and you know it. It is neither the duty of the President of the United States of America, the Republican senator from Pennsylvania, nor local newspapers throughout the state to deliberately spread Russian propaganda but that is exactly what you and they did when you published Sen. Toomey’s letter.

Neither of the two afore mentioned “publicly reported corruption matters” have any basis in fact at all. Quite the contrary both of these matters were looked into by U.S. intelligence and demeaned to be in fact part of a Russian disinformation campaign designed to blame Ukraine and vindicate Russia for their meddling in the 2016 election. As testified to under oath in the House of Representatives by former or soon to be former members of the Trump administration; several others being blocked from testifying notwithstanding.

Ukraine for its part did investigate, and found that none of its laws were broken in the hiring of Biden’s son. They then pointed out that it was not their place to investigate whether or not any U.S. laws may have been broken. In fact, they were so distressed over the appearance that this might have, as they were trying to root out past corruption in their own country, that they passed these concerns to members of the state department of the United States.

This begs the question, why didn’t President Trump ask his own Justice Department to investigate these matters on behalf of the United States if he truly was concerned, for that matter why hasn’t he since? Why did he instead task it to Rudolph Giuliani, who stated that he was acting on behalf of Donald John Trump the private citizen, and not the President of the United States? Is Trump so obtuse as to not see the damage this could do to the credibility of United States intelligence around the world and the dangers that entails? Has he not learned anything from his debacle in Helsinki?

Could it be that Trump has his own private motives, a promise of a Trump Tower Moscow after leaving office perhaps, that he placed above the protection of the United States, the Constitution and the office of the presidency?

Clark Wagner