House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused President Trump of “bribery” when he threatened to withhold military assistance to Ukraine last summer.
Mr. Trump is also accused of seeking to use a foreign government to investigate political rival Joe Biden.
Occupants of the presidency are not supposed to enlist foreign powers against rivals.
Impeachment hearings at this time are hearing the word “bribery” frequently used.
When reporters asked how this accusation against Trump differs from similar actions by Mr. Biden, Ms. Pelosi emitted a series of “um . . . um . . . um” statements.
In 2014, shortly after a coup in Ukraine, assisted by the US, Mr. Biden, the vice-president, told Ukraine to fire a prosecutor looking into corruption at Burisma Holdings, a gas company.
Mr. Biden stated that a $billion in assistance from the US to the Ukraine would be withheld if the prosecutor was not fired. The prosecutor was then relieved of his duties.
Meanwhile, Mr. Biden’s son, Hunter, had been placed in an executive position at Burisma Holdings (despite zero experience in the gas industry) at a salary of $50,000 per month.
Records now show that the Bidens combined received over $3million in compensation from this company for some reason or other.
Mr. Biden as Vice-President at that time was not prosecuted.
“No, of course not,” Ms. Pelosi responded. “His action was official policy of the US government, authorized by President Obama.”
“Then President Obama . . . should be impeached . . . in retrospect?”
“No, no, of course not. There was no election involved at that time. Mr. Obama, in fact, was near the end of his tenure in The Oval Office.”
“You mean . . . the election at this time . . . is basically the difference?”
“No, no, of course not. The issue is abusing the office of the President to bribe another country’s executive into actions of one sort or another.”
“But . . .”
“We are using an honorable tool to expose the wrongdoing of this president, versus the previous president’s honorable dealing with an attack on this country via that particular prosecutor.”
“But is not Mr. Trump’s quid pro quo essentially the same as Mr. Biden’s kid pro quo? Getting his son the job and then shielding that nice salary? Plus money to himself?”
“Very funny. But we here in Washington are intent on preserving the constitution and protecting the country. Your jokes won’t work here in Foggy Bottom.”
“Foggy . . .?”
“We don’t call it The Swamp here. It’s merely a little misty for those intellectually challenged. Please apply yourself to what we are saying.”