The Trump administration wasn’t rooting out corruption in Ukraine. It was encouraging it.

11 Oct 2019

(Monkey Cage) When President Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open up a case on his political opponent Joe Biden, the only thing unfamiliar about the request from a Ukrainian perspective was that it was coming from a U.S. president.

Ukrainian presidents have used their prosecutor generals to prosecute their rivals for corruption since the country was founded in 1991. If there was one constant in Ukrainian politics before the election of Zelensky, it was the use of graft to enrich the top elite — and the threat of selective prosecution to keep that elite in line. [...]

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