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Commentary: Separating facts from fiction in ‘impeachment inquiry’

As a former prosecutor and judge, I know how much facts matter. I know how important it is to make sure you act in good faith, with adherence to the law. The current “impeachment inquiry” (a phrase the Democrats created to sound like impeachment, but isn’t really impeachment) fails in both respects.

What are the facts?

Ukraine and the United States signed a treaty in 1999 pledging to cooperate to fight corruption. There is some legitimate question whether, in the past, authorities in Ukraine have done so. Indeed, there is substantial reason to believe that Ukraine actively meddled in the 2016 U.S. election at the request of a supporter of Hillary Clinton, under contract with the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Recently elected President Volodymyr Zelensky ran on a platform to investigate and prosecute corruption.

For several years, members of both parties have made clear they want to know how our elections were interfered with so we can prevent that from happening again. As has been openly reported in the media, the United States is conducting an investigation into the role of foreign countries in the counterintelligence investigation targeting the Trump campaign. Attorney General William Barr has named United States Attorney John Durham to lead that investigation.

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