By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) The moment we saw the New York Times story on Tuesday claiming that U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland had “changed his testimony” after having his memory “refreshed” to say that, yes, President Trump actually did threaten to withhold military aid from Ukraine, we were suspicious.
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First of all, none of this makes any sense anyway because the president has already released the transcript of the phone call he made to President Volodymyr Zelensky in July, when he supposedly threatened to withhold the aid unless Zelensky gave him “dirt” on Joe Biden.
Secondly, even if that had happened, it’s not illegal.
Third, Biden actually did this, as we’ve documented.
But we bit and noted that Sondland’s reversal was seditious if true but highly unbelievable.
— The transcript of the phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been released. It clearly shows the president never, ever, ever threatened to withhold military aid from Ukraine unless he got ‘dirt’ on Biden.
— Anyone who believes that Sondland “suddenly remembers” that, yeah, he didthreaten Ukraine is predisposed to believe anything that puts Trump in a bad light, no matter how ridiculous the claim or premise.
— The New York Times has gone on record as being committed to bring Trump down.
— This nonsense was leaked to The New York Times on purpose because (see the above reason).
— Trump knows more about what the Bidens did in Ukraine than nearly every other American, including the losers in the mainstream media; he doesn’t need ‘dirt’ from the Ukrainian president.
— Bottom line: There is nothing illegal about quid pro quo’s in the first place, even ifthat’s truly what happened.
— Sondland is obviously not trustworthy.
We also noted: “The New York Times has this story so, of course, right off the bat its veracity must be questioned.”
On Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham noted that, according to the released transcripts of Sondland’s supposed reversal, no, he didn’t change his earlier testimony to claim a quid pro quo.
Sondland has said he only presumed there was a connection between the Trump administration’s delay in sending military aid to Ukraine and Trump’s desire for Ukraine to make a public statement against corruption, but admitted he was never directly told such a link exists, The Hill reported.
That facet of Sondland’s comments was pounced upon by Grisham in a statement.
“Ambassador Sondland squarely states that he ‘did not know, [and still does not know] when, why or by whom the aid was suspended,’” Grisham said. “He also said he ‘presumed’ there was a link to the aid — but cannot identify any solid source for that assumption.”
“Both transcripts released today show there is even less evidence for this illegitimate impeachment sham than previously thought,” she said in the statement.
“No amount of salacious media-biased headlines, which are clearly designed to influence the narrative, change the fact that the President has done nothing wrong,” she added.
Calling the the release of the latest transcripts a “bunch of B.S.,” according to Fox News, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) added that he has “written the whole process off.”
He backhanded Sondland’s claim that there was a connection between aid and a public comment about corruption as “his opinion,” CBS News noted.
“All I can say is that the president of Ukraine didn’t believe that. The president of the United States on the phone call didn’t say that … if the person being threatened with withholding the aid, if they say, ‘I wasn’t threatened,’ I don’t care what any bureaucrat says,” he told reporters.
“This, to me, is a manufactured issue created by some unknown whistleblower who needs to be known, and the phone call is the basis for the impeachment allegation,” Graham said. “I don’t think the president did anything wrong.”
Of course, he didn’t. This entire business is a hoax — a manufactured “crisis” just like the “Russian collusion” narrative was a hoax.
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