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I love Ryan; I hate the "Ukrainegate" framing. What's happening now is an extension of the Trump-Russia probe, even if, politically, some feel a new branding would be advisable. As to whether Volker and Morrison were forthcoming, admirable witnesses, I also take a different view.
1/ Democrats and some analysts have inadvertantly played into GOP talking points by making it look like Democrats have lit upon a "new" topic to impeach Trump over, when all of this (the Mueller Report and the present hearings) exist on a single, harrowing Trump-Russia continuum.
2/ Trump's motives as to Ukraine were informed by his own, aides', allies', associates', and agents' collusion with the Kremlin. To imply this was mainly "about" Biden is false; it was mainly "about" Putin, Clinton, Manafort, the 2016 election, Russian war crimes, and sanctions.
3/ Moreover, the Mueller Report laid the groundwork for a future bribery probe involving Trump and the Kremlin (over Trump's secret 2015 real estate deal with the Kremlin) and *these* hearings are *also* about a course of bribery in which the Kremlin is a key (outside) influence.
4/ So many of the problems with the framing of what's happening can be traced to this benighted need to direct attention *away* from the actually *damning* Mueller Report. Politicians can do that if they like, but I don't think analysts and other journalists should. My two cents.
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