According to Donald Trump, the best way to counteract a scandal is with a good counter-scandal.
We saw this during an investigation in Russia, when the president opposed allegations of crusade against witch-hunting, ie. Deep state conspiracy and fake news.
Trump makes it again with the media and the political furore during his telephone conversation with the leader of Ukraine, trying to move the floodlights of Joe Biden's dubious behavior and his son. And early indications are that it works.
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Philip Raines, a former State Department employee and longtime Hillary Clinton confidant, told Media Buzz Politics after Media Buzz over Ukraine, Trump is the winner.
Whether or not this is true, Biden's call is the focus of the President's counterattack against the allegations that have sparked democratic impeachment talks.
Rudy Giuliani told me on Sunday that the political crisis has helped him accomplish what he has been trying to do for five months, which is focused media control on former Vice President and Hunter Biden, who was paid big money by the Ukrainian a gas giant that came under investigation. Joe Biden publicly boasted of pressure on Ukraine to fire its Attorney General, who handled the case ̵
Juliane pressed Biden's story on my show last April, as well as many other programs. He also met with Ukrainian officials in an attempt to revive Biden's probe there. (No investigations have identified misconduct by Hunter Biden.)
The president's personal lawyer presented him yesterday with Maria Bartiromo: "This is the only way to extract this. The only way they can cover this story is by punching the president in the face and then the president deflects the punch he did, the story goes down and then hits with a right hand that is more powerful. "
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And this, in turn, creates stories like this one [19659Washington3Bidenfacestworealityduels:Thepresidentwhohehopestowinnextyear-andwhomhedefinesasmorallyunfitforoffice-isincontrolofbehaviorthatisseenastreasonButthestoryisinextricablylinkedtoBiden'ssonpushingoneofthetopicsthatBidenismostcomfortablediscussinginthespotlight"
It is a fact that it is impossible to cover the furor over Trump's call without going into detail about it, at least Biden's son, who trades his name (as political relatives have done in every administration) .
Trump rattled on Ukraine's issues yesterday at the UN, telling reporters that they were "a fake news group … If a Republican ever did what Joe Biden did, if a Republican ever said what Joe said At a time when longtime GOP rival Bill Weld accused him of treason, the president did not explain why Biden's actions would result in the death penalty.
These comments followed Trump telling reporters on Sunday that what the Wall Wall Journal and others had reported about the July call was essentially true, though he insisted it was perfectly appropriate:
I held, it was largely congratulatory, largely corruption, all corruption, it was largely the fact that we did not want our people like Vice President Biden and his son to create corruption already in Ukraine. And Ukraine, Ukraine has many problems. "
So Trump is accused of doing the same thing that Biden did in 2015 by pressing Ukraine for partisan reasons. The administration withheld $ 250 million in military aid to help Ukraine fight Russian separatists. Trump says he never took the help, but he shouldn't have – it hangs in the air.
The president said he would "like" to transmit a conversation with Vladimir Zelensky, but he needs to understand how to do it. 19659003] By the way, Trump is mistaken when he recently tweeted that the media "want to stay hip it can go beyond "Biden's claims.
A quick search found many basic stories about matter, including:
New York Times, 2015:" Joe Biden, his son and the case against the Ukrainian oligarch "
Washington Post, 2019: "As Vice President, Biden said that Ukraine should increase gas production. Then his son got a job with a Ukrainian gas company."
New York, 2019: "Biden's hunter will threaten his father's campaign? "
Joe Biden, in turn, angrily accuses Trump over the weekend of abusing his power in an attempt to 'smear' him because he knows that 'I'm going to beat him like a drum.' Biden said he never discussed deals abroad with his son, prompting Trump to call him a liar. Hunter Biden told New York they briefly discussed it once.
The more history becomes partisan back and forth, the more it neutralizes the political danger to the president. It was the playoff against Bob Muller.
Nancy Pelosi is under increasing pressure from some previously cautious Democrats to reject their opposition in light of Ukraine. For now, she holds the line while warning the White House that the failure to submit key documents could prove the tipping point.
But Trump can easily survive – again – if it turns this into another two-way scandal filled with incessant details and compelling names that most Americans cannot follow.