In the first episode of the podcast, your host introduces himself and explains what the show is about. To further demonstrate the mindset behind this project, we combine a look at how Trump’s Ukraine phone call was reported in the press versus what was actually said with a deep dive on impeachment procedure.
Your Host: Fabian A. Scherschel
What this show is about, who inspired it and what my goals are for it.
Researching the Facts
- Transcript of Trump’s phone call with Zelensky [CNN]
- Whistleblower complaint, partially redacted [WikiMedia]
- Wikipedia article on the impeachment inquiry
- FGM-148 Javelin missile [Wikipedia]
- Impeachement procedure [Wikipedia]
- Staff recommendation defining “high crimes and misdemeanors” [Congressional Research Service / Federation of American Scientists]
- Articles of Impeachment against Richard Nixon, 1974 [Watergate.info]
- Articles of Impeachment against Bill Clinton, 1998 [United States Congress]
Reporting of Trump’s Ukraine Call and Impeachment
- Ukraine’s Zelensky Bowed to Trump’s Demands, Until Luck Spared Him [The New York Times]
“It was early September, and Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, faced an agonizing choice: whether to capitulate to President Trump’s demands to publicly announce investigations against his political enemies or to refuse, and lose desperately needed military aid.”
Why Trump asked Ukraine’s president about ‘CrowdStrike’ [The Associated Press]
“An anonymous post from March 2017 on the far-right 4chan message board teased a conspiracy theory that would eventually make its way to the White House.”
- The Cost of Trump’s Aid Freeze in the Trenches of Ukraine’s War [The New York Times]
“The White House abruptly suspended nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine in July and only restored it last month after a bipartisan uproar in Congress.”
“In 2018, the Trump administration authorized sales to Ukraine of a shoulder-fired anti-tank missile called the Javelin, reversing an Obama administration policy of supplying only non-lethal aid. But there is a big catch. The Trump administration provided the missiles on the condition that they not be used in the war, Ukrainian officials and American diplomats have said, lest they provoke Russia to slip more powerful weaponry to the separatists.”
→ $400 million would buy 1.935 Javelin missle systems (at a unit cost of $206,705).
- US expected to announce approval of anti-tank missiles sale to Ukraine mentioned on Trump-Zelensky call [CNN]
“The Javelins are being bought by Ukraine using national funds, and the package is valued at $39 million and will include 150 anti-tank missiles and two additional missile launchers. The anti-tank missiles are seen by Ukrainians as a critical weapon in helping to combat Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east.”
Mulvaney Says, Then Denies, That Trump Held Back Ukraine Aid as Quid Pro Quo [The New York Times]
“Not even overwhelming evidence that Trump sought to bribe a foreign power to dig up dirt on his leading political opponent in 2020 – and did so with American taxpayer dollars, while compromising American foreign policy – will cause Trump to be removed from office.”
- The Impeachment News Industry Is Here to Help (Overwhelm You Even More) [The New York Times]
“A diverse cast of characters is fighting to shape the public’s understanding of what happened.”
Your View on the Matter
I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts!