Two stories today undermine the rush to impeach President Trump on the Ukraine matter.
The first concerns a difficult-to-understand detail in one of the early stories on the matter by Kenneth Vogel of the New York Times. Vogel reported that the Ukrainians were unaware of the suspension of U.S. military aid when Presidents Trump and Zelensky had their phone call on July 25. That detail has now been confirmed by Christopher Miller, an expert reporter in Kyiv, in a Buzzfeed dispatch: “The Ukrainian government didn’t know it was being held up in Washington by Trump, according to the two Ukrainian officials. Nearly a month after the call—which Zelensky has since described as ‘good’ and Trump has called ‘perfect’—the Ukrainian government was left stumped when they received word that the aid had in fact been suspended.”