Interview with Dr Ivan Katchanovski, Ph.D.
How did a comedian-turned-President end up contributing to the beginning of a process of impeachment, so talked about but fairly rare in US politics? Feel free to expand in whichever direction you want.
The president of Ukraine and Ukraine overall are just playing cards in the US politics in the case of the impeachment process. The Democratic Party started playing this card after its hopes to impeach Donald Trump using the Russiagate scandal failed after the Mueller investigation did not prove Trump collusion with the Russian government and a conspiracy theory that Trump is a Russian agent was also debunked. The whistleblower report about the call between Volydmyr Zelensky and Trump was used to initiate impeachment proceedings even before the transcript of this call was made public.
The declassified transcript of the phone call between Trump and Zelensky demonstrates that Ukraine is still a US client state, like it became after the Maidan under the Obama presidency when Biden (the US vice-president) was in charge of relations with Ukraine. Trump suggests Zelensky what to do, in particular, concerning the investigation of his opponent in the US presidential elections. Zelensky tries to please and flatter Trump numerous times and accepts Trump’s suggestion to reopen the investigation involving Biden’s son company in Ukraine. Like Bill Clinton, Trump can be impeached in the House of Representatives but unlikely in the Senate.
But the impeachment process, if it would go ahead, could also hurt the Democrats and their current frontrunner. It could raise questions not only about Biden’s son work for a Ukrainian company but also about Biden’s involvement in the internal Ukrainian politics and about the violent government overthrow in Ukraine, in particular, the Maidan massacre. Biden admitted not only his involvement in firing the Ukrainian Prosecutor General but also that he told the president Viktor Yanukovych to leave the presidency immediately after the Maidan massacre. Ukrainian media previously reported that Biden was involved in nominations and firing Yatseniuk as prime minister of Ukraine and told then president Poroshenko to include foreigners in the Ukrainian government. It is a certain irony that the conflict in Ukraine, which as my research shows, started during the Maidan with the US involvement, backfires into the US politics and can damage both the current US president and his top challenger.
Expresso Newspaper (Portugal)
*Ivan Katchanovski teaches at the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa and is the foremost researcher exposing the false narrative and official cover-up of the snipers massacre in February 2014 which was blamed on the elected government (see here). He was Visiting Scholar at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Politics at the State University of New York at Potsdam, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, and Kluge Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Ivan Katchanovski is the author of Cleft Countries: Regional Political Divisions and Cultures in Post-Soviet Ukraine and Moldova (Ibidem-Verlag) and co-author of Historical Dictionary of Ukraine (2d edition) (Rowman & Littlefield).