How Trump and Rudy’s gambit would have make Ukraine MORE corrupt instead of less, thus giving Russia more power over Ukraine.
Subtitle: Another reason why asking “where is the crime?” intentionally misses the point.
From this NPR interview: There’s a “disconnect between how we look at [the impeachment of Trump] and how Ukrainians look at it.”
Ukrainians will hear Trump's request differently.
Ukraine has a history of using corruption investigations as a tool to punish political rivals.
Trump specifically asked Zelensky for the investigation to happen through the Office of the Investigator General.
So Trump’s request would have been heard by Ukrainians as a request for Zelensky to launch an investigation for corrupt purposes.
The fact that the head of state can be impeached is seen as a model of democratic government. (From the NPR interview)
In fact, one of the first laws that Zelensky passed was that the president can be impeached.
Zelensky figured out that in Ukraine, it took less than 6 months for parliament members to be “on the take.”
New members of parliament constantly receive offers of bribes.
Zelensky therefore understood that he had less than 6 months to make major changes.
One of Zelensky’s changes (in his race against corruption) was to bring in new people who had never been in government, so they had no history of taking bribes.
So while Zelensky was trying to stamp out corruption, Trump and Rudy were asking Zelensky to do something corrupt.
Rudy and Trump wanted them back in power.
What an idea, right?
By keeping Ukraine corrupt, Russia maintains its influence because rule of law isn’t possible where corruption reigns.
It was a two-fer.
I think not.
“All roads lead to Putin”