There has been much talk in recent weeks from Democrats and the media about vague allegations that President Donald Trump solicited Ukraine to “interfere” on his behalf in the 2020 election by conducting an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who has been tied to a corrupt energy company there.
That accusation is richly ironic, however, given the existence of credible allegations and supporting evidence that it was actually the Democrats who specifically sought assistance from Ukraine in an attempt to defeat Trump in the 2016 election.
Pot, meet kettle
The Daily Wire reported that Democrats are pursuing impeachment against Trump based, in part, on the accusation that he was “using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election” by virtue of his request for Ukraine to investigate allegations of corruption.
But as it turns out, that is exactly what Democrats were alleged to have done just three years ago by soliciting Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election, as was spelled out in detail in a July 2017 letter from the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, to then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Grassley cited reports at the time that the political leadership of Ukraine in 2016 “opposed the candidacy of Donald Trump for president of the United States and worked with a Democratic National Committee consultant to undermine his campaign.”
DNC operative colluded with Ukraine against Trump
In the July 2017 news release accompanying the letter to Rosenstein it was noted that the “consultant allegedly had various meetings with Ukrainian government officials, including embassy staff, to coordinate the dissemination of incriminating information about Trump campaign officials.”
Furthermore, “It appears that this consultant was operating to advance the interests of both the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton campaign, and a foreign government, which would have required registration under (Foreign Agent Registration Act).
Grassley’s letter laid out how a Ukrainian-American named Alexandra Chalupa, who was a consultant for the Democratic National Committee, had met with various Ukrainian officials during the election for the express purpose of enlisting their help in digging up incriminating dirt on then-candidate Trump and his campaign manager at the time, Paul Manafort, in an effort to tie either or both of them to Russia. This was all done at the behest of the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
“Chalupa’s actions appear to show that she was simultaneously working on behalf of a foreign government, Ukraine, and on behalf of the DNC and Clinton campaign, in an effort to influence not only the U.S voting population but U.S. government officials,” Grassley wrote, and noted that Chalupa had also coordinated her efforts with members of Congress in the hope that Congressional investigations into Trump and Manafort would be launched.
Grassley later added, “Aside from the apparent evidence of collusion between the DNC, Clinton campaign, and Ukrainian government, Chalupa’s actions implicate the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).”
Double standards and projection
There are two things about the modern Democratic Party that have become overwhelmingly obvious in recent years, the first of which is that its members thrive on double standards that excuse them for doing things that would end the career of any Republican, the second being that they often project onto their political rivals accusations of wrongdoing of which they are actually guilty themselves.
Whether anything comes of the current rush toward a Trump impeachment or this reveleation that Democrats already did what they now accuse the president of doing remains to be seen, but given the fact that the double standards and projection upon which Democrats have long relied aren’t quite as effective as they used to be, it is doubtful that anyone will be losing their jobs over this.