While there may be some distressing language in the recently released memo detailing the call between President Trump and the President of Ukraine, the key to remember is there is no mention of any kind of “quid pro quo.”
As Fox News and other outlets have been reporting, there may be some disturbing language on the call, where the President does indeed press Volodymyr Zelensky on matters involving the Bidens and the location of Hillary’s infamous “private server.”
However, there is never any mention or implication that looking into those things would be required to continue to keep getting military aid, or anything else from the US government.
The memo begins with the President congratulating Zelensky on his election victory before Trump eventually broaches the subject of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Trump, in the run-up to the transcript’s release, was accused by Democrats of essentially pressuring a foreign power to investigate a political opponent, as Biden is now a top contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. However, while Biden is mentioned several times on the call, Zelnensky is never “pushed” or “pressured” in any way by the President to deliver any info on Biden, or the alleged location of Hillary Clintons “private email server” which some believe is hidden somewhere in Ukraine.
Trump went out of his way on the call to note that the U.S. has been “very, very good to Ukraine,” but did suggest that the relationship is not always “reciprocal.”
Before the transcript was released, Democrats accused Trump of improperly using his office to pressure another country to investigate one of his chief Democratic rivals. Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesman, said during an appearance on Fox News, “There’s no quid pro quo and there’s no pressure.”
It is also important to point out, while some may see some seemingly damning language in the transcript, the Department of Justice’s opinion is that the intelligence community inspector general found “some indicia of an arguable political bias on the part of the complainant in favor of a rival political candidate,” but still said the allegations “appeared credible.”
Fox News previously reported that, according to a source, the individual also did not have “firsthand knowledge” of the phone call.
The White House has maintained that they have nothing to hide and that there has been no wrongdoing. Their general position has been that it will make everything possible available to Congress or the public, regarding Trump’s call and the complaint to the intelligence community’s inspector general.