The Liberal Media simply loves to pay Republicans to inform viewers about the events of the day. ABC News hired Chris Christie in 2018 while he was hacking it up for Donald Trump, well before he was helping El Jefe with his debate prep and catching COVID for his troubles. CNN had a seat reserved for an explicitly pro-Trump stooge whose job it was to generate conflict with their reality-based counterparts on the various panels. And now CBS News has decided to invite Mick Mulvaney — former Republican congressman, Trump Office of Management and Budget director, and Trump White House (acting) chief of staff — to tell viewers that Biden’s economic plans suck. Except they didn’t exactly identify Mulvaney as such when they invited him on to make his big debut Tuesday.
Here to discuss is Mick Mulvaney. He’s a former Office of Management and Budget Director, and today I’m pleased to welcome him as a CBS News contributor. So happy to have you here! Thank you so much. You’re the guy to ask about this.
This is, needless to say, not very informative for viewers. “Budget Man Offers Expert Analysis” is a very different proposition from “Trump’s Ex-Chief of Staff Doesn’t Like Biden Stuff.” The impression you’re left with here is that this is just a guy who knows about budgets giving his views with the Objective Journalism sinecure of CBS News.
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But Mulvaney is not just any Republican hack. He makes Christie look downright principled, and not just because he said on February 28, 2020 that stories about the novel coronavirus were the media’s “Hoax of the Day.” You may remember that before Donald Trump was impeached for his role in trying to overturn the 2020 election to stay in power in contravention of the expressed will of the American people, he was impeached for withholding aid to Ukraine that Congress had allocated until the government of Ukraine agreed to announce an investigation into Joe Biden. Put another way, the president refused to “take care that the Laws be faithfully executed” after Congress instructed him to send aid to Ukraine until the president of that country, a now-beloved figure named Volodymyr Zelensky, agreed to tarnish Trump’s opponent for Trump’s personal political gain.
Let’s review, again, the Perfect Phone Call between Trump and Zelensky.
ZELENSKY: … the United States is doing quite a lot for Ukraine. Much more than the European Union especially when we are talking about sanctions against the Russian Federation. I would also like to thank you for your great support in the area of defense. We are ready to continue to cooperate for the next steps specifically we are almost. Ready to buy more Javelins from the United States for defense purposes.
TRUMP: I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike… I guess you have one of your wealthy people… The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine.
We need more Javelins—Anti-tank missiles that have proved crucial in Ukraine’s defense against Russia’s invasion — is met with, I would like you to do us a favor though. And the favor is drumming up some shadows and smoke about how it was really Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 American election — a Russian propaganda line. And, Trump soon clarifies, it was about some boogedy-boogedy about the Bidens.
TRUMP: Good because I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down and that’s really unfair. A lot of people are talking about that, the way they shut your very good prosecutor down and you had some very bad people involved. Mr. Giuliani is a highly respected man. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to call you. I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General. Rudy knows a lot about what’s going on and he’s a very capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great. The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news and the people she was dealing with in the Ukraine were bad news so I just want to let you know that. The other thing, there’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it …
Biden did not “stop the prosecution,” which was not happening. (Hunter Biden, who certainly should not have been on the board of a Ukrainian energy firm, was not even under investigation.) Biden carried out the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor whom essentially the entire Western world regarded as corrupt.
And Trump did withhold the aid. And it was none other than Mick Mulvaney, by then the chief of staff, who asked budget officials after the Perfect Phone Call whether there was legal justification to withhold the aid — aka, whether there was a fig leaf they could use to withhold the aid until Zelensky did what they wanted. And what they wanted, Rudy Giuliani clarified in a recorded call, was for Zelensky’s government to announce an investigation. It wasn’t about an actual investigation, it was about creating the talking point of an investigation so it could be used for domestic politics. The specter of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email protocol was useful for months and months in 2016, and this was a worthy sequel. And just to round this all out, Mick Mulvaney took to the White House briefing room and admitted outright that there was a quid pro quo before walking it back.
We are at a point where the Russian government’s barbarism has been laid bare for all the world to see. It is now clear, if it wasn’t already, that Russia’s intent for years has been to control Ukraine by any means necessary. Putin’s Kremlin spun propaganda lines about how Ukraine was run by Nazis in the buildup to the invasion, just as Russia — and Donald Trump — tried to spin the story that it was really Ukraine who interfered in 2016, not Russia. The withholding of aid was useful to Trump, in that he hoped it would force Zelensky’s government to create an attack line for him against Biden. It was useful to the Kremlin because it put further pressure on the fledgling Ukrainian government, made clear their partnership with the US could not be depended upon, and in the short term denied them the aid they sought. In fact, at every point the saga unfolded in a way that was beneficial to both Putin’s and Trump’s interests, fuel for the notion that at the very least, they found common cause to the detriment of the American national interest and of Ukraine.
And who was at the heart of this? Mick Mulvaney, the CBS guy has tapped to give people the news. The Liberal Media strikes again.
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