Over the weekend, the Washington Post published a splashy story claiming an intelligence community whistleblower claims President Donald Trump made a promise in a private phone call to a foreign leader. The issue seems to be that whatever this promise was that was made was not shared with the House of Representatives Government Oversight Committee.
Now that the story caught the attention of the political world, the Washington Post let it slip that the call was between President Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky. What the phone call was about truly has not been released, but John Solomon of the Hill has an idea.
Two years after leaving office, Joe Biden couldn’t resist the temptation last year to brag to an audience of foreign policy specialists about the time as vice president that he strong-armed Ukraine into firing its top prosecutor.
In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.
“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Biden recalled telling Poroshenko.
“Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time,” Biden told the Council on Foreign Relations event, insisting that President Obama was in on the threat.
There’s more to the John Solomon story, but the reality remains that Joe Biden, while he was Vice President, meddled in the affairs of another state. And now he is running for president and the mainstream media is hoping his name doesn’t get sullied with this story.
It really could be that simple.