Corruption in Ukraine is a central issue in the impeachment hearings.
We will be asked to decide:
Was our president questioning US support for a country that is known for its corruption?
Or, was he corruptly asking for help to fight an opponent in our upcoming presidential election?
Ukraine’s corruption is a thing
In the past Ukraines would pay a bribe in order to visit a doctor, obtain a passport or a driver’s license. Business permits were awarded this way, appointments to positions in government: the same. Pensions disappeared. Military supplies were re-sold. And, with courts on the grift, there was little recourse.
There has been progress, however. And the newly elected President Zelensky ran on a platform of ending corruption.
Why is Ukraine so corrupt? How has the US involved itself in these issues in the past?
In order to come to a conclusion about whether or not President Trump was innocently trying to root out corruption before sending aid to Ukraine, we need to understand a little more about that corruption, don’t you think? Check out a simple summary here.