“One of the bolder claims in Donald Trump’s impeachment defense posits that the U.S. president withheld military aid to Ukraine out of genuine concern over corruption in the former Soviet republic, and not to extract an investigation into a political rival. The assertion might be more plausible were the White House not simultaneously contemplating revisions to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which Trump has long derided as placing American businesses at an unfair disadvantage. Still, some U.S senators appear willing to entertain the president’s argument that combating corruption is at the core of his foreign policy.

“If only Trump’s counterparts in Central America were as easily convinced of the president’s zeal for anti-corruption…”

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