Below is a series of questions designed to cut through the din of information and get to some simple bottom lines. The answers to these questions are at the end with links to the various sources that validate them as accurate.
Here we go!
1) What are the Democrats accusing President Trump of that constitutes an impeachable offense?
a) accepting money from the Ukrainian government
b) stealing money from the Russians
c) withholding aid from the Ukrainians in exchange for investigating a political opponent
2) True of False: President Trump has released a transcript of the phone call that happened between him and President Zelensky where he supposedly said that he would not give them military aid unless they investigate Joe Biden.
3) True or False: President Zelensky insists that there was no quid pro quo dynamic in the conversation he had with President Trump
4) The Democrats have assembled the information they believe to be pertinent to the hearings behind closed door and have allowed…
a) some Republicans to attend the meetings
b) any Republican who’s interested in hearing the evidence they plan on presenting
c) no Republicans to attend whatsoever
5) Initially, President Trump was accused of “quid pro quo,” then he was accused of “extortion.” Finally, the accusation was defined as “bribery.” The reason for these changes was…
a) legal experts were allowed to weigh in and better define Trump’s actions
b) members of Congress were given the opportunity to better define what it was that Trump had done
c) The Washington Times polled their readers and was able to determine that “bribery” was a more marketable term
6) Every key witness (Yavonvitch, Kent, Taylor, Sondland has had one thing in common where their testimony is concerned. What is that common denominator?
a) they all work for the state department
b) they have no first hand knowledge of the phone call in question
c) they were not able to specify an impeachable offense
d) all of the above
7) Gordon Sondland initially generated a lot of excitement when he said in his opening testimony that everyone knew President Trump had demanded a quid pro quo from President Zelensky. Upon being questioned, however, his testimony seemed to change when being questioned by Chairman Adam Schiff when he said…
a) “When I asked President Trump, ‘What do you want from Ukraine,’ he said, ‘I want nothing! I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky I want him to do the right thing.’”
b) “President Trump never told me directly that the aid was tied to that statement [the statement being,"Clear things up and do it in public."].”
c) both a and b
8) George Kent, one of the Democrats’ witnesses, recommended that the placement of Hunter Biden on the Executive Board of Burisma, a Ukrainian Power Company that pays him $83,500.00 a month, needs to be investigated. This is the very thing Trump was asking President Zelensky to consider. True of False?
9) Lt Colonel Vindman is the only witness that actually heard the call placed by President Trump to President Zelensky. He believed the call to be “improper” because, according to him, having come from a “military culture,” Trump’s request for information about Joe Biden sounded like a command more so than a favor. Lt. Colonel Vindman’s indignation seems somewhat bizarre, however, in light of the fact that…
a) a military culture doesn’t explain why Vindman would interpret the call the way that he did
b) Trump didn’t mention anything about Joe Biden in his call to Zelensky
c) Vindman is more determined to transform Trump’s call to Zelensky as a quid pro quo than he is in acknowledging the obvious quid pro quo represented by then Vice President Joe Biden blatantly telling the Ukrainian government that they had six hours to fire a prosecutor if they wanted the billion dollars of aid that had been promised
10) Did the Trump administration provide the kind of military aid to Ukraine that was previously refused by Obama?
#1 c) withholding aid from the Ukrainians in exchange for investigating a political opponent
While impeachment has been a goal of the Democrats since Trump took office, it was the recent “whistleblower” that insisted that Trump threatened to withhold federal aid from Ukraine unless they investigated Joe Biden. Click here to hear more and advance the video to 12:57.
You can see a full transcript of the call between President Trump and President Zelensky at by clicking here.
President Zelensky insisted there was no quid pro quo between himself and with President Trump. Click here to read more.
#4 c) no Republicans to attend whatsoever
The Democrats have prepared their entire case for impeachment in a manner that is entirely partisan and have allowed no Republicans to attend any of the meetings. Click here to read more.
#5 c) The Washington Times polled their readers and was able to determine that “bribery” was a more marketable term
The Democrats wanted to “market” their platform in the best possible manner which is why they changed their accusations to better match what the polls said would resonate better with the masses. Click here to read more.
#6 d) all of the above
Diplomats are not elected. Rather they are appointed and often fluctuate depending on who’s in the Oval Office. The conversation that the President had with Zelensky was not something heard by any of the aforementioned witnesses and none of them were able to specify an impeachable offense. Click here to watch a summary Kent and Taylor’s testimony. Click here to watch Yavonvitch’s testimony. Click here to watch a breakdown of Sondland’s testimony and advance the video to 10:26.
#7 c) both a and b
Sondland seemed to be the perfect indictment until it was revealed that his accusations were based totally on hearsay and assumptions. Click here to watch his testimony.
George Kent knew Burisma was corrupt and wanted to see it investigated. Here’s footage of his testimony. Go to 8:54.
#9 Vindman is more determined to transform Trump’s call to Zelensky as a quid pro quo than he is in acknowledging the obvious quid pro quo represented by then Vice President Joe Biden blatantly telling the Ukrainian government that they had six hours to fire a prosecutor if they wanted the billion dollars of aid that had been promised
Vindman is more than willing to superimpose his interpretation of a “favor” versus an “order” on to President Trump’s exchange with President Zelensky, but when asked about Joe Biden’s blatant quid pro quo with Ukraine, he’s unwilling to admit the obvious. Click here to see his exchange with Congressman Chris Stewart.
Obama refused lethal military aid to Ukraine because Obama was concerned about upsetting US / Russia relations and, as a result, Ukraine was attacked and the area of Crimea was annexed to Russia. Trump, on the other hand, after having first taken the time to determine whether or not the kind of corruption that accommodated Joe Biden as well interfered with the 2016 election on behalf of the Democrats, appropriated aid to Ukraine which included Javelin antit-tank missles. Click here to read more.