May God bless young Jesse Watters of the Fox News Channel. As seen in the tweet below, Watters cites the July 22, 1998 proposed treaty sent by then-Pres. Bill Clinton to the US Senate for their “advice and consent to ratification.
With the no nonsense title, Treaty with Ukraine on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, I honestly can’t see any way the Democrats could legally continue this Three Ring Circus against President Trump.
But hey… who ever said the Democrats aren’t all suffering from a collective (and massive) case of TDS?
— Jesse Watters (@JesseBWatters) September 27, 2019
I really don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth, but Jesse left us kind of hanging.
The link provided by Watters opens on the appropriate page of the official website of the US Congress, but that page is opened on the tab labeled “Text – Treaty Document”. That particular tab says nothing about the disposition of the proposed treaty.
Never giving up at the first bump in the road, I proceeded to the “Actions” tab. Here we find a chronological breakdown of the life of this document.
The most recent entry is, “10/18/2000 Resolution of advice and consent to ratification agreed to in Senate by Division Vote.”
I’m pretty sure that line means the proposed treaty was ratified, but I don’t specifically understand what “Division Vote” means. If I’m going to pop-off towards liberals if I’m not 100 percent sure.
So I dug a bit deeper.
I found on the official State Department website titled;
TREATIES AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ACTS SERIES 12978
MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE
Treaty Between the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and UKRAINE
Page 3 of 42 gives a more precise chronology;
- Treaty signed at Kiev July 22, 1998;
- Transmitted by the President of the United States of America to the Senate November 10, 1999 (Treaty Doc. 106-16, 106th Congress, 1st Session);
- Reported favorably by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations September 27, 2000 (Senate Executive Report No. 106-24, 106th Congress, 2d Session);
- Advice and consent to ratification by the Senate October 18, 2000;
- Ratified by the President January 5, 2001;
- Ratified by Ukraine February 10, 2000;
- Ratifications exchanged February 27, 2001;
- Entered into force February 27, 2001.
Yeah, this certainly looks ratified to me.