The Republican position used to try to save Trump from the toaster is that the allegation that he tried to squeeze Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy into making a public announcement about opening an investigation into the Biden’s and Ukraine’s interference into the U.S. 2016 presidential election that put Trump into office can’t be true because he restored military and other aid before any statement was issued.
Because the eventual goal doesn’t come about does not mean the goal was not intended. What must be examined is whether anything happened to cause the person to be unable to achieve the goal. Take the Pat Née example where he was sitting outside the bank with his weapons. The FBI descended on him and his cohorts to stop them. That doesn’t mean they didn’t plan to rob the bank.
In the Nee example Née learned just before the FBI interrupted their robbery the name of one of the guys involved in planning the heist. He immediately knew the jig was up because he knew that guy was an informant. Suppose Née learned that information the night before the planned robbery. He then said: “hey guys, if Charlie knows about our plans then the FBI knows, I’m suggesting we give up on the idea.” Née then leaves the gang and heads back to Southie. That doesn’t mean Née didn’t plan the robbery. It indicates that the plans had been discovered so it was best to call them off,
Now Trump has admitted in the version of the July telephone call he released that he asked Zelenskyy for a favor. (The true transcript of the call is hidden in a very secret place where just about no one can gain access to it. Why is that the case?) We also know subsequent to that call the aid to Ukraine was suspended without anyone informed of the reason at the time.
If there is no intervening cause to explain why it was resumed then perhaps some weight could be given to the Republican position. In other words did the extortion attempt become known so that the plan had to be abandoned.
On September 5 the Washington Post reported it had reliable information Trump was trying to force Zelenskyy to investigate Biden. on September 9th House Democrats launched an investigation into the allegation. By that time the whistleblower complaint had been filed and the White House knew about it. Also on the 9th the inspector general informed the House and Senate committees of the whistleblower complaint. The House demanded the complaint be turned over to it.
The next day aid to Ukraine was allowed to go through with no conditions. The president gave no reasons when he ordered it withheld and no explanation when he unfroze it. Nothing change between holding it up and releasing it other than it became obvious the people would learn the reason why it was suspended was to strong-arm I’m Zelenskyyi into doing something he did not want to do.
When asked Zelenskyy said nothing happened. It reminds me of the time two guys were shot in the Square Cafe in Southie in front of 30 other people. When the cops came it appeared no one saw nothing. Who wants to be testifying against the gunman.
Zelenskyy is in the same position as the patrons of the Square Cafe. He doesn’t want to be giving evidence against the gangster gunman. The consequences for his country which is under attack from Russia are too grave. Life or death of a sovereign nation.