Pat Nee had a funny feeling about the bank robbery he was about to pull off with some other guys. As they waited outside the bank for the right opportunity with the necessary firearms. Pat asked the name of the guy who had set it up. When he was told, a gloom descended on him. He knew the guy was an FBI informant. With the gloom came car loads of FBI agents.
Pat was arrested and brought to trial. He complained that the robbery did not take place. He said: “No crime, no time!” A few years later Pat stopped doing time.
I thought of Pat as I watched the Impeachment hearings. The allegation against Trump is that he withheld military and other aid for the purpose of squeezing the Ukrainian president Zelinsky into making a public statement on CNN that he was investigating Joe Biden and his son. Biden is the one guy Trump fears running against.
The president had all the intent in the world to withhold this aid and actually did it for a while without even at first notifying Ukraine which was fighting an invading Russian army and depended greatly on it. Then he let it go through when the Whistles Blower, like the FBI with Nee, came along and blew a big hole in the plan.
‘No crime, no time” the Republicans argue. Oh, OK, we’ll forget the attempt to force a president of a nation into doing Trump a favor if he wants to stop the Russians from further invading his country. The worst thing is he stopped the aid for the only possible reason which was to extort the statement against Biden.
“No! No!”cry the GOP. It was corruption. Then a GOP Congressman pointed out there’s corruption in many countries and the president should be concerned about it. Talk about undermining your case. All countries are corrupt but Trump only acts against Ukraine. He decides to condition aid on getting rid of corruption in the one country he’s trying to pressure to investigate his political opponent.
What gives lie to the corruption argument is that amazingly he suddenly restores the aid even though the only significant change in the situation is he’s been caught when the whistle-blower complains. You do recall that complaint went to the White House while the aid was being withheld.
The GOP argues “it’s hearsay and not reliable. It would never be used in court.” Tell that to retired FBI Agent John Connolly who has been sentenced to die in prison on gross hearsay.
There were two witnesses of impeccable integrity with the utmost dedication to America who testified how much they feared what Trump was doing. The last place they wanted to be is there testifying. The GOP questioners were apoplectic they’d dare tell of their concerns. Letting the president extort another country into helping his election is all right, telling about it is wrong.
Sure Trump was better to Ukraine than Obama. That’s not the issue unless you think that gives him a pass to then extort President Zelinsky.
Trump is toast. No need for any more witnesses. It is clear what he did. Not only is he guilty of attempted extortion, he’s also guilty of obstruction for refusing to comply with subpoenas for people and documents. What is he hiding? Why is he hiding? If he’s done no wrong then show us. But he won’t. He can’t.
Like Nee Trump was caught. Like Nee he doesn’t think he has to do time. Like Nee, he will do his time.