The poor Ukrainians never get a break. In May, 2018, three Democratic U.S. Senators, Bob “mistrial” Menendez, Dick Durbin, and Patrick Leahy sent a letter to Yuriy Lutsenko, the Ukrainian general prosecutor. In it, they mentioned a New York Times article that referenced the “scope for cooperation with the Mueller probe into related issues.”
The article notes that your office considered these cases as too politically sensitive and potentially jeopardizing U.S. financial and military aid to Ukraine.
They also condescendingly admonished Lutsenko:
Blocking cooperation with the Mueller probe potentially cuts off a significant opporunity for Ukrainian law enforcement to conduct a more thorough inquiry into possible crimes committed during the Yanukovich era. This reported refusal to cooperate with the Mueller probe also sends a worrying signal–to the Ukrainian people as well as the international community–about your government’s commitment more broadly to support justice and the rule of law.
Nice country you got there. It would be a shame if your people had to worry about it.
These Democratic Senators had no problem reaching out to Ukrainian officials to bully them into cooperating with the Mueller probe, which found no evidence of Trump campaign collusion. They were fishing for potential obstruction avenues to see if Ukraine was acting on “encouragement” from the Trump administration.
Contrast the demeanor, elitist condescension, and sense of entitlement oozing from this letter with President Trump’s friendly conversation with President Zelensky. Honestly, as inappropriate and unseemly as Trump’s phone call was, these three senators were far worse in their tactics and their naked politics. They interrogated a foreign prosecutor like he was a perp sitting in a federal courthouse.
Let’s not all be so shocked that conversations with Ukrainian officials centered around U.S. investigations are such rarities, or so pure. With the Democrats, it’s impeachment for thee, but not for me.