Courtesy of WaPo:
In newly released testimony, George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, said that not only did Trump want investigations of Burisma Holdings (the company that employed former vice president Joe Biden’s son Hunter) and potential Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. election; he also specifically wanted Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to link the latter to the word “Clinton.”
He says he learned it while hearing about European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s conversations with Trump.
“Gordon had told him, Tim [Morrison], and Tim told Bill Taylor that he, Gordon, had talked to the president, POTUS in sort of shorthand,” Kent said. “And POTUS wanted nothing less than President Zelensky to go to [a] microphone and say ‘investigations,’ ‘Biden,’ and ‘Clinton.’ ”
Kent was then pressed on the “Clinton” part:
Q: Could you just go through that again?
Q: I haven’t heard that name lately.
A: That was a message — that was described in the shorthand of the desire to have — this was the Gordon Sondland messaging of what the Ukrainians need to say in shorthand 2016. And in shorthand, it was suggested that the Ukrainians needed — Zelensky needed to go to a microphone and basically there needed to be three words in the message, and that was the shorthand.
Q: Clinton was shorthand for 2016?
A: 2016, yes.
While the connection between Burisma and the Bidens is clear, Trump’s interest in the other investigation has been somewhat more nebulous. We know it involved CrowdStrike and email servers that were allegedly in Ukraine and potentially the idea that Ukraine rather than Russia was behind the 2016 U.S. election interference.
But Kent, as the questioner noted, is injecting something that generally hasn’t been cited in that context: the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Now the argument that the Trump supporters have been making is that this is all a misunderstanding and that all Trump was trying to do was pressure the new Ukranian president into investigating corruption in his country, and that just so happened to include Joe Biden’s son.
But with this we now see irrefutable proof that Trump was trying to get Zelensky to suggest criminal activity by several of his political enemies in exchange for military aid, which included Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.
And yes, that is bribery for political gain, which is an impeachable offense.