Sunday, May 05, 2019

To Russia With Love, Blumenthal’s Choice

Blumenthal sworn into office by Biden in a mock ceremony
The leading Democrats scrambling up the presidential campaign greasy pole are former Vice President in the Obama administration Joe Biden, 29 percent in a Quinnipiac poll, followed by Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders, 19 percent in the same poll, both of whom have had past sweet and sour relationships, none of them the subject of congressional hearings,  with communist Russia. President Donald Trump continues to be slammed by Democrats owing to his still alleged warm relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, collusion with the Ruskies having been put in the cooler after the Mueller investigation, but these two… not so much.

Biden’s questionable relationship with Ukraine, a country that had in the past locked horns with Russia numerous times – in 1932, Joseph Stalin created a man-made famine to haul Ukraine into the Soviet orbit – recently re-surfaced in a New York Times piece that is certain to catch the eyes of those who have questioned President Trump’s presumed warm relationship with Putin.

After a nearly two year probe of the alleged Putin-Trump collusion charge, Mueller found that neither Trump nor anyone connected with the Trump administration had colluded with Russia, but doubters such as Connecticut U.S. Senator Dick Blumenthal are still sifting through the embers in search of signs of obstruction of justice.

According to the Times story, Vice President Biden traveled to Ukraine in March 2016 and “threatened to withhold $1 billion in United States loan guarantees if Ukraine’s leaders did not dismiss the country’s top prosecutor.” The prosecutor putsch apparently succeeded: “The prosecutor general, long a target of criticism from other Western nations and international lenders, was soon voted out by the Ukrainian Parliament.”

Biden’s son Hunter Biden had a monetary interest in the outcome, according to the Times story: “Hunter Biden was a Yale-educated lawyer who had served on the boards of Amtrak and a number of nonprofit organizations and think tanks, but lacked any experience in Ukraine and just months earlier had been discharged from the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine. He would be paid as much as $50,000 per month in some months for his work for the company, Burisma Holdings,” which was being investigated by the dismissed top prosecutor.

Ukraine has now reopened the case against Burisma Holdings, Hunter Biden’s padrone.

Naturally, no one expects Blumenthal, the inspector Javier of the now deflated Trump collusion investigation, to spend much time relentlessly pursuing the reawakened Hunter Biden-Joe Biden-Russian collusion case; the dismissed prosecutor was a thorn in the side of Putin and his man in Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko, later displaced by pro-Western President  Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

In its recent story, the  Times cast its eyes over Biden’s troubled waters: “… new details about Hunter Biden’s involvement, and a decision this year by the current Ukrainian prosecutor general to reverse himself and reopen an investigation into Burisma, have pushed the issue back into the spotlight just as the senior Mr. Biden is beginning his 2020 presidential campaign.

“They show how Hunter Biden and his American business partners were part of a broad effort by Burisma to bring in well-connected Democrats during a period when the company was facing investigations backed not just by domestic Ukrainian forces but by officials in the Obama administration. Hunter Biden’s work for Burisma prompted concerns among State Department officials at the time that the connection could complicate Vice President Biden’s diplomacy in Ukraine, former officials said…”

Socialist Sanders has problems that may never surface in the current presidential campaign, because they surfaced long ago and did not persuade the good people of Vermont to cast their votes for someone other than Sanders, who had his honeymoon in Russia and spoke glowingly in 1988 of both the repressive communist Castro brothers regime in Cuba and the communist Ortega brothers regime in Nicaragua. Three communist states – Russia, China, and Cuba now have a presence in Venezuela, robbed and ransacked by socialism.

If either leading Democrat presidential candidate prevails over Trump, Blumenthal -- silent as a tomb over Sanders' and Biden's connections with a newly aggressive Russia -- might be the nation’s next U.S. Attorney General. Or, better still, not above partisan hackery, Connecticut's U.S. Senator and past Attorney General might be appointed as a Justice to a highly politicized U.S. Supreme Court, a political reward for Blumenthal’s fidelity to party above all things.

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