Sara Nolan de Aguilar: Fleitman’s impeachment column offers little substance

  • President Donald Trump, right, walks on the tarmac with the U.S. ambassador to European Union Gordon Sondland, left, during his arrival on Air Force One at Melsbroek Air Base, Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. AP

Published: 10/8/2019 11:00:21 PM

I am all for reading challenging viewpoints, but Dr. Fleitman once again has written an article (“Enough already with the political games,” Oct. 1) with very little substance suggesting that the Democrats have launched an impeachment inquiry as a political ploy.

I think that a true conservative should be horrified at Trump’s trashing of our democracy — his refusal to submit to congressional oversight as required in the Constitution, blurring the independence of the Justice Department, failing to divest himself of his business interests which leaves him open to violating the emoluments clauses and, of course, obstructing justice.

In this most recent case with Ukraine, the summary of the call transcript speaks for itself. Trump clearly responds to a comment about needing military aid by saying, “I would like you to do us a favor though ...”

He is pressuring the president of the Ukraine to investigate the Bidens in return for military aid. The transcript of this call was then put on a server that was created for highly classified documents to hide it.

Dr. Fleitman somehow compares this to Joe Biden pressuring the government of Ukraine to fire prosecutor Viktor Shokin. Biden was the point person carrying out the White House policy at that time, a policy that was supported by many U.S. allies in Europe because Shokin was seen to be an obstacle to rooting out corruption in Ukraine and he was not investigating Burisma at that time. Biden did not pressure Ukraine secretly and try to cover it up.

Dr. Fleitman also criticizes Hunter Biden for accepting a seat on the board of directors of Burisma for $50,000 a month. I agree that this appears shady, even unethical, yet it is not illegal.

Ivanka Trump “mysteriously” was awarded 34 trademarks from the Chinese government since her father took office. Does Dr. Fleitman believe that this warrants an investigation?

Finally, I just wonder why all of a sudden Republicans are calling out for an investigation into the Bidens when all this took place years ago and was widely reported. Trump didn’t start looking into this until Joe Biden announced he was running for president in 2020.

Sara Nolan de Aguilar

Northampton




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