In response to Mr. Gill’s Dec. 26 letter to the editor, “Trump impeachment facts,” I do think many, possibly most independent-thinking Americans, recognize that anonymous accusations like those of the now-debunked Russian collaboration hoax fall apart when the light shines in.
Unfortunately, Mr. Gill’s impeachment facts were a selective extraction of parts of President Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Zelensky along with opinion, which were then assembled in a manner to completely misrepresent the telephone call’s content. For those interested in the facts, please read the short phone call transcript. It may be found on the National Public Radio website “Transcript: Trump’s Ukraine Call Released by The White House.” Differing from that reported by Mr. Gill, an objective person will find:
1. Zelensky did not ask for help with the purchase of additional Javelin missiles for defense but more likely, by indicating “we are almost ready to buy” was posturing for a price discount.
2. Most of the conversation surrounding Ukraine defense support was focused on getting European Union countries to deliver on their responsibilities.
3. President Trump asked for a favor from Ukraine in investigating the whole situation associated with CrowdStrike. CrowdStrike, as the reader may recall, is a cybersecurity company reported to have been co-founded by a Ukrainian and was affiliated with the supposedly hacked Democratic Party computer server.
4. The remainder of the conversation was focused on Ukrainian prosecutors:
a. Robert Mueller’s failure to investigate reports surrounding the 2016 hacking of the Democratic Party server.
b. Replacement of various Ukrainian prosecutors: one forced out by former Vice President Biden and who was rumored to be investigating Biden’s son Hunter.
c. Zelensky’s view of the current prosecutor and plans for a replacement.