Surrounding Trump: from ‘Russiagate’ to ‘Ukrainegate’

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The live journalist with more Pulitzer awards, Thomas Friedman, explains the differences between the two major scandals of the Presidency of Donald Trump

How are the ‘Russiagate’ and the ‘Ukrainegate’ different? The two major scandals of the Presidency of Donald Trump refer to countries that were part of the Soviet Union. But there the similarities end.

The ‘Russiagate’ is the alleged attempt to coordinate the Trump campaign. Especially his eldest son, Don ‘junior’, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his chief of electoral strategy. Paul Manafort – with people well connected with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 elections. And also the president’s efforts to obstruct the investigation. He began to make headlines before Trump swore in office.

A day later, on July 25, it is the key day of the Ukrainegate, when, according to an anonymous whistleblower. Trump tried to force the President of Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the activities that Hunter Biden had carried out in that country. Hunter Biden’s father is Joe Biden, who today leads the Democratic Party polls in the presidential race next year (Biden is also on average 7.7 points ahead of Trump, according to the RealClearPolitics website. But at this stage of pre-campaign the polls have a predictive value similar to that of the Tarot).

That is what happened – or what they say happened. But what can happen from now? Is the Trump Presidency at stake? Why did the ‘Russian plot’ have much less impact in 30 months than the ‘Ukrainian plot’ has had a week?

And what he thinks is that the ‘Ukrainegate’ is different for three things:

First. “The fact that the anonymous whistleblower belongs to the Intelligence apparatus and his name and testimony [in Congress] will be made public at some point.” For Friedman that is important because he is an “independent witness, who is probably part of a small group of officials that public opinion will consider to be moved to act for their respect for the Constitution.”

For the journalist, that will make it difficult for Trump’s team to present the whistleblower (or whistleblowers) as politically motivated actors. And possibly will make his testimony have a significant impact on public opinion. The possible strength of the accusers explains “why some Republican senators have not yet said anything about the scandal: they are concerned about the presence of independent witnesses.”

The second factor is something that the media are neglecting. “The fact that the US ambassador to Ukraine. Marie Yovatovich, was apparently stopped trying to prevent Rudy Giuliani from carrying out his actions”. Giuliani, former mayor of New York and former candidate for the Presidency.

Yovatovich tried to prevent these activities. According to the anonymous complaint against Trump, was dismissed for it in May.some things are going to happen.

Friedman believes that “without a doubt, Yovatovich will declare [in Congress] at some point, and public opinion will not like that a responsible diplomat has been dismissed for such blatantly political reasons.”

The third and final element has to do with the effect that the previous voters. Friedman does not deny that “none of these things will have an impact on the hard core of Trump’s base, but that is not the issue. The question is what will be the impact on women living on the periphery of the cities.


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