To the editor:

Mr. Goldsworthy’s letter regarding U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, D-Eagan, spoke about there not being a single word in the President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Vladimir Zelenskiy call transcript about withholding aid. What his letter didn’t say is that aid was already withheld. Trump directed the aid to be withheld, against his advisers wishes, days before making the Zelenskiy call. What is in the transcript is Zelenskiy thanking Trump for support of their defense and him saying they are “almost ready to buy more Javelins (missles).” His statement is immediately followed by Trump saying: “I would like you to do us a favor though …”

Mr. Goldsworthy, and those defending Trump, focus completely on the lack of a “quid pro quo” statement during the call. They fail to focus on, most likely intentionally, Trump’s soliciation to have Hunter Biden investigated, something of significant political value to Trump. As Federal Elections Commission Chair Ellen Weintraub stated: “It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election.” To break the law, you don’t have to promise to do anything for what you are receiving.

Fighting corruption has been Trump’s and the Republicans’ defense to abuse of power allegations. If so, why does the word “corruption” not appear in the July 25 transcript, why did Trump rigorously defend Paul Manafort who worked for a former Ukrainian president for years who has been accused of looting billions of dollars, why was “corruption” never mentioned in public appearances with the Ukrainian president in 2017, why has there been no corresponding increase in State Department corruption related spending, and why, when asked, could Trump not mention a single country, not connected to a political opponent, that his administration was helping fight corruption?

Kevin Manias


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