EDITIORIAL: Quid pro quo
As we see in this week's poll from The Nome Nugget’s website, most people are staying updated on the daily deluge of news streaming from Washington on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump.
As we’re glued to news outlets reporting on the inquiry, we learn that with every witness coming before the House committees the story of a mob-style shakedown is corraborated. The story, in broad strokes, is that in a July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump tried to extort from the Ukrainian president an investigation into a political opponent, for personal gain, and if the Ukrainians played along they would get their US congressionally approved Javelins to defend themselves against Russian aggressors as well as getting a much coveted meeting in the White House. Quid pro quo. You do that for me, I will do this for you. In Trump world, that is obviously a normal way to do business. The characters that emerge as key players in this real-life drama include Trump’s private lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who purportedly ran a shadow “diplomacy” outside of official US diplomacy with Ukraine.
We will further learn what will be revealed in the fully public process now that the inquiry is starting its public phase. We truly live in remarkable times and one can only hope that the system envisioned by the Founding Fathers is robust enough to withstand the assaults from those this corrupt inhabitant of the White House. The good thing is that lies have a tendency to be exposed and the truth will inevitable come out. Question remains if Republicans in the Senate will choose to see it and do their jobs or if they will choose Trump over their allegiance and the oath they swore to protect the constitution. We will see.
And by all means: Read the transcript. And then read the election results in Kentucky. —D.H.—