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Ukrainian strain of Trump Derangement Syndrome

Americans now recognize impeachment as a partisan sham, but Democratic elites simply refuse to let it go. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., for one, remains committed to the imaginary exposing of “the full extent of (President Trump’s) misconduct.”

The road to this unprecedented, partisan impeachment sham is hardly straightforward. What impeachment lacks in actual crimes, misdemeanors or “Russian collusion,” it makes up for with the Ukrainian strain of Trump Derangement Syndrome. Impeachment’s 2016 roots may be mired in corruption, but not on the part of President Trump.

Hillary Clinton, who routinely urges her fellow Democrats to “keep going” until Trump is taken down, orchestrated an $84 million money laundering scheme in 2016 — the largest campaign finance scandal in U.S. history. It was so brazen even Federal Election Commission lawyers called for action. The Clinton machine raised excessive, six-figure contributions from Democratic mega-donors before laundering it through the Hillary Victory Fund to dozens of Democratic state parties acting as straw men, over to the Democratic National Committee and into the hands of Clinton’s campaign.

The Clinton campaign then illegally paid millions of dollars to their law firm, Perkins Coie, which secretly funded the creation of the infamous Steele Dossier. Her campaign and the DNC effectively accepted something of value from a foreign national, Christopher Steele, in the form of anti-Trump opposition research (from Russian intelligence sources, no less).

Democrats violated the laws protecting our democracy again and again and again.

Meanwhile, there’s also the Democrats’ 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden, whose daily diatribes are filled with anti-Trump smears. Good ol’ Joe admitted, on camera, to explicitly holding up aid to Ukraine to force the government to fire corruption investigator Victor Shokin — after Shokin looked into Biden’s son and his ties to a corrupt Ukrainian energy company.

Hunter Biden, the son of the vice president, was receiving $50,000 per month to sit on the board of a foreign company, for which he lacked any relevant qualifications or experience. Hunter Biden’s big-money payday was essentially an insurance policy against precisely the kind of corruption investigation Burisma was worried about — and it worked for the Bidens.

That sure sounds like corruption to me — exactly the kind of corruption by powerful politicos we ought to investigate.

Yet Democrats have made their key thrust on impeachment that Trump, in a bid to fight such blatant corruption here and abroad, asked for cooperation from a country that relies on American aid.

Seriously? Good for President Trump, and shame on the Democrats enriching themselves at the expense of American taxpayers and Ukrainian oil and gas tycoons — and for covering it up.

Dan Backer is a veteran campaign counsel and founding attorney of, a campaign finance and political law firm in Alexandria, Va. He wrote this for


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