Beltway 360 – Ukraine Swamp
Before he is even sworn in as Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky is already a casualty of America’s electoral combat. This is not a short-term issue, but is likely to poison relations for months to come, perhaps even beyond the November 2020 national elections in the United States. The most toxic issues — the origins of the Mueller investigation, Paul Manafort, and Joe Biden’s son Hunter — are simply too valuable as political ammunition for both the Trump White House and the Democratic Party not to be exploited, with collateral damage to Ukraine. Moscow is certain to be portrayed as a villain in these disputes.