DOUBLE STANDARD: Obama Administration asked Ukraine to investigate Paul Manafort


Anyone who has paid any attention to American politics over the course of the last several decades is painfully aware of the double standard that exists between Republicans and Democrats.

We hear about this nearly every day, in every political argument that finds its way onto social media.

“Can you imagine if Bill Clinton did this?”

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Hillary did the same thing!”

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“Would they have treated Obama this poorly?!”

Unfortunately of the Democrats, these arguments work both ways, and the supposed “controversy” regarding an alleged “whistleblower” complaint that President Trump asked the Ukraine to investigate his political rival seems to have some recent precedent.

Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy noted at National Review on Thursday that then-President Barack Obama’s administration asked Ukraine to investigate Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, in 2016.

McCarthy notes the double standard — that Democrats want to impeach Trump for doing what Obama did — and which they have been telling the world for years was necessary to do to protect American national security.

The author laid it all out.

He cites his recent book, Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency, recently excerpted on Fox News, which reports that Obama administration officials urged Ukrainian prosecutors to investigate Manafort — which amounted to “effectively meddling in the American presidential election.” The results were soon clear: leaks about Manafort’s activities in Ukraine began to appear in the U.S. media, spun in the worst possible light. He was replaced at the Trump campaign and became a target in the phony “collusion” narrative.

McCarthy notes the glaring double standard: “When the Obama administration leans on Ukraine for help in an investigation of political opponents, the Democrats and the media say, “But look how corrupt Paul Manafort was!” When the Trump administration leans on Ukraine for help in an investigation of political opponents, the Democrats and the media say, “Abuse of power — impeach him!”

Of course, one has to also be reminded of the impetus of the RussiaGate scandal as well, where the FBI appeared to use the well-debunked Steel Dossier to spy on the 2016 Trump campaign to behoove Hillary Clinton’s chances in that election.

 

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