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Lindsay Graham's explanation of Ukraine will blow your mind

Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, whose transformation from a Trump critic to a Trump confidant is one of the most remarkable things I've ever witnessed in politics, may have set the bar impossible Wednesday with her defense of Trump (and of the broader administration) on charges in

"Take it away, Lindsay!"

"What can I tell you about Trump's policy towards Ukraine: It was inconsistent, it depends on whom you speak, they seem incapable of forming a quid pro quo, so no, i find the whole process is a shaman and i will not legitimize it am. "

Okay, well. So what we have here is this argument: The Trump White House is so disorganized that they couldn't make it quid pro quo! They are too incompetent! yes, this whole thing is a shame!

(Sidebar: We heard this same argument from Republicans privately during the Muller poll in Russia. The Trump campaign was too disorganized to speak of!)

Here's the problem for Graham: We already know, thanks to the restoration of the memory of US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sundland, he told a senior Ukrainian official a government official in September that US military aid was likely detained due to the fact that a formal announcement to open an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden had not yet been set up.
And that comes within weeks of the acting chief of staff White House Mick Mulvani, telling reporters that yes, Ukraine's desire to announce an election inquiry in 201
6 was the reason for the $ 400 million US military assistance to be refused. "We do this constantly with foreign policy," Mulvani said. "Overcome It."
So whether Trump made the explicit quid pro quo in his July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky – and any neutral reading of this rude transcript suggests that he was very close – that is it is clear that earlier this fall the Ukrainians knew the deal: Open the necessary investigations or do not receive the money. (The money was finally released on September 11.)

Ukrainians could not understand that the White House, in Graham's formulation, was too disorganized to stimulate the quid pro quo. All they knew was that Sundland told Supreme Commander Zelensky in what he believed the way to release aid was.

Graham's argument is a classic attempt to turn past events in a way that none of the players could reasonably to expect to find out now. And incompetence, even if not fully known, is not an excuse anyway.

Point : Call Graham's "explanation" what it really is – a bad rotation that directly contradicts the known facts.

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