[Ed. – Nice of the author to impeach himself early on by falsely writing, for example, that Vindman was fired rather than re-assigned.]
Donald Trump’s obsession with Ukrainian corruption turned out to be genuine: He wanted it thoroughly investigated — for the sake of its emulation. The diplomats who testified in front in Adam Schiff’s committee explained and exposed the Ukrainian justice system. Their descriptions may have been intended as an indictment of kleptocracy, but the president apparently regarded them as an instructional video on selective prosecution, the subversion of a neutral judiciary, and the punishment of whistle-blowers who expose corruption.
Over the course of Trump’s presidency, his critics have speculated about the model of illiberal democracy that he would adopt as his own. After the past week — which saw the firing of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman … and Attorney General Bill Barr’s increasingly heavy-handed control of the investigations into his boss — there’s less doubt about the contours of the state Trump hopes to build. He’s creating Kyiv-on-the-Potomac.