by Staff Writer

President Trump called the newly elected Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyto to congratulate him. While he was on the phone they talked about a number of things. During the infamous phone call Trump ask him if he was looking into the Biden matter. From what I have been told he did not say Joe Biden. Anyway if there is a crime you cannot stop asking questions because of politics. I have experienced over fifty years of politics and am tired of politicians getting off with their influence. I have seen people’s lives ruined by opponents telling lies. When they get caught telling lies nothing happens because the Law Enforcement does not look at that as a serious crime. So I am looking into the Presidential issue of the phone call in question. First I don’t believe anyone should be allow to listen in on a President talking to another World leader. But to go back in history, why I think the President has a right to ask another leader for help….here what I found…

A 1999 treaty between the United States and Ukraine on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.

From THE WHITE HOUSE, November 10, 1999. To the Senate of the United States:

With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification, I transmit herewith the Treaty between the United States of America and Ukraine on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters with Annex, signed at Kiev on July 22, 1998. I transmit also, for the information of the Senate, an exchange of notes which was signed on September 30, 1999, which provides for its provisional application, as well as the report of the Department of State with respect to the Treaty.

The Treaty is one of a series of modern mutual legal assistance treaties being negotiated by the United States in order to counter criminal activities more effectively. The Treaty should be an effective tool to assist in the prosecution of a wide variety of crimes, including drug trafficking offenses. The Treaty is self-executing. It provides for a broad range of cooperation in criminal matters. Mutual assistance available under the Treaty includes: taking of testimony or statements of persons; providing documents, records, and articles of evidence; serving documents; locating or identifying persons; transferring persons in custody for testimony or other purposes; executing requests for searches and seizures; assisting in proceedings related to restraint, confiscation, forfeiture of assets, restitution, and collection of fines; and any other form of assistance not prohibited by the laws of the requested state.

I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration to the Treaty and give its advice and consent to ratification.

WILLIAM J. CLINTON.

What do you think? Should the President of the United States share his phone calls from other Government Leaders? Should the President be able to ask about crimes committed even if it was a politician? I would think especially if they are politicians. We don’t want criminals getting elected. Why should we suppress the Biden issue if he did it?

WHAT DO YOU THINK?    tloury@att.net

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