Randi D (@wascaleywabbit)
OK so here it goes:
Ukraine has been entangled in a conflict with Russia since 2014 when Russia attempted to annex Crimea which is a region in Ukraine. The US supports the Ukrainians in this conflict.
In 2016, Donald Trump was elected as President of the United States (ugh I know). In 2019, Ukrainians also elected a television personality, Volodymyr Zelensky, as their President. Fun coincidence, I know.
The United States government and Congress pledged support in the form of aid money and weapons to Ukraine to assist them in their fight against Russia. This money was approved and allocated by Congress as a global act of political goodwill and as stand against Russian aggression.
The State Department, US Ambassadors, and Ukrainian government officials have a very official protocol for communicating with foreign countries such as Ukraine. This protocol ensures transparency and accountability.
Now, in 2014 Hunter Biden, son of Trump rival Joe Biden, was given a seat of the board of directors of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company. Why isn’t really relevant, rich people be doing rich people shit like getting their kids cushy jobs they aren’t qualified for, all the time.
However, Trump presumably would want to smear Joe Biden politically as much as possible ahead of the 2020 election. Trump allegedly wanted President Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden’s board appointment and to frame it as something unethical.
It would be improper for President Trump to openly ask or pressure Zelensky to engage in this activity. Therefore, any ‘message’ or ‘favor ask” needed to be delivered to Zelensky in an very unofficial way.
Now, enter Bill Taylor. Bill Taylor is the official US Diplomat to Ukraine so he has to be part of the official channels of communication and partnership to Ukraine.
According to his testimony last week during the impeachment hearing, he apparently also found himself part of a back-channel or shadow group of various government ghouls and Trump cronies that were meeting and communicating with Zelensky outside the normal communication protocols. The leader of the shadow group was Rudy Giuliani and presumably /allegedly was being operated at the behest of President Trump.
Now, in the spring of 2019, shortly after Zelensky took office in Ukraine, Congress was urging Trump to get the approved aide to Ukraine asap as our relations with Ukraine and other friendly nations in that region is important.
Then, allegedly, according to Bill Taylors testimony, Bill Taylor was part of an unofficial phone call during the summer of 2019 set up by the back-channel group that in no uncertain terms told Zelensky that unless he investigated the Bidens and Burisma, the aide money was going to be withheld and Trump would not meet with him and possibly strain relations for this newly elected Ukrainian leader. This was later confirmed when a telephone meeting involving the official government group that deals with Ukraine met and a representative from OMB (office of budget management) in attendance confirmed that President Trump’s directive was to withhold the Ukraine aide but did not give a reason why. This is allegedly when Bill Taylor had the lightbulb moment and makes the connection between the agenda of the shadow group and Trump.
Now, Bill Taylor is getting suspicious and his concerns were further validated when allegedly a direct staffer of Mr. Taylor witnessed a phone call between Trump and EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland where they explicitly discussed Trumps request that Ukraine investigate the Biden’s.
If you skipped to the end: Trump is withholding Congressionally approved aide to Ukraine in an attempt to pressure them to give Trump dirt on Hunter Biden’s appointment to the board of Burisma to potentially use as a political weapon against Joe Biden. (allegedly)