It is very challenging to filter through the propaganda from western media surrounding Ukraine - this doesn't help. Fox News host Maria Bartiromo hosts former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the former installed Ukrainian division operator of the U.S. State Dept NATO laundry operation.
As President, it was Poroschenko's corrupt government who were supported by Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Amy Klobuchar, former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and the DC politicians who supported Joe and Hunter Biden using Ukraine for financial profit.
Under Poroschenko, Ukraine maintained its status as the number one donor to the Clinton foundation. It was this corrupt influence system that led to frustrated citizens selecting current President Volodymyr Zelenskyy with his promise of reforms (never happened).
Senators and DC officials from both parties participated in the Ukraine influence process. Part of those influence priorities was/is exploiting the financial opportunities within Ukraine while simultaneously protecting the background activity of Joe Biden and his family. This is where Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham were working with Marie Yovanovitch
You might also remember Marie Yovanovitch, George Kent and U.S. chargé d'affaires to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, testifying against President Trump in the ridiculous impeachment effort surrounding Ukraine.
It was former Ukraine Ambassador Bill Taylor who engaged in carefully planned text messages with EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland to set-up a narrative helpful to the impeachment plan and Adam Schiff's political coup effort.
Bill Taylor was formerly U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine ('06-'09) and later helped the Obama administration to design the laundry operation providing taxpayer financing to Ukraine in exchange for back-channel payments to U.S. politicians and their families.
In November 2019 Rudy Giuliani released a letter he sent to Senator Lindsey Graham outlining how Bill Taylor blocked VISA's for Ukrainian ‘whistle-blowers' who were willing to testify to the corrupt financial schemes. However, unfortunately Senator Lindsey Graham, along with dozens of U.S. Senators currently serving, were likely recipients for money through the aforementioned laundry process. The VISA's never got approval.
As everyone is aware, U.S. senators write foreign aid policy, rules and regulations thereby creating the financing mechanisms to transmit U.S. funds. Those same senators then received a portion of the laundered funds back through their various "institutes" and business connections to the foreign government offices, in this example Ukraine. [ex. Burisma to Biden]
The U.S. State Dept. serves as a distribution and collection network for the authorization of the money laundering by granting conflict waivers, approvals for financing (think Clinton Global Initiative), and permission slips for the payment of foreign money.
The officials within the State Dept. take a cut of the overall payments through a system of "indulgence fees", junkets, gifts, CODELS and expense payments to their family members who hold political oversight.
If anyone gets too close to revealing the process they become a target of the entire apparatus. President Trump was considered an existential threat to this process. Hence his political status as an outsider essentially ended with a soft coup.
A "Codel" is a congressional delegation that takes trips to work out the payments, terms & conditions of any changes to the graft and financing. This is why Senators spend $20 million on a state campaign to earn a job paying $350k/year. They cannot join the laundry unless they can get elected.
The "institutes" and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) are where the real foreign money comes in. Billions are paid by governments like China, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Ukraine, etc. etc. There are trillions at stake.
The Senate Majority Leader (formerly Mitch McConnell, now Chuck Schumer) holds the power over these members (and the members of the Senate Intel Committee), because the Leader decides who sits on what committee. As soon as a Senator starts taking the bribes lobbying funds, the system within the Senate then has full control over them.
The Clinton Global Initiative or McCain Institute are two of the obvious examples of the financing network. This is one of the primary reasons why Cindy McCain was such an outspoken critic of President Trump. In essence President Trump was viewed as standing between her and her next diamond necklace; a dangerous place to be.
When we look back upon the senate impeachment trial, it's not just a matter of Democrats -vs- Republican. We need to look at the game of leverage, and the Senators who would prefer President Trump did not interfere in their process. The same former senate colleagues of Joe Biden.
This open-secret system of "Affluence and Influence" is how the intelligence apparatus gains such power. All of the DC participants are essentially beholden to the various U.S. intelligence services who are well aware of their endeavors.
There's a ton of exposure here (blackmail/leverage), which allows the unelected officials within the CIA, FBI and DOJ to hold power over the DC politicians. Hold this type of leverage long enough and the Intelligence Community then absorbs that power to enhance their self-belief of being more important than the system.
The Fourth Branch of Government is essentially protected by systemic corruption in DC.