After three months of investigations and testimony, Democrats have announced two narrowly defined articles of impeachment against Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
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Originally published 9/25/19
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke briefly at Capitol Hill on Tuesday announcing a formal impeachment inquiry into the president based on his pressuring Ukraine president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate political opponent Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. All while holding onto almost $400 million in military aid to Ukraine as leverage. We all know it’s against the law for the president to enlist the help of a foreign government in an election. And we all know this isn’t the first time he’s done it.
It should be noted that at this point there is no indication that the Bidens were involved in any wrongdoing. It should also be of note that the president flipped and flopped on the facts surrounding the phone call with Ukraine. On Wednesday, the White House released a five page transcript of the phone call. What should be noted here is that this transcript isn’t based on a recording of the conversation, it relies on the memory (and editing) of White House aids and officials involved in the call. And it’s still damning.
All of this has unfolded at warp speed. Nearly two weeks ago, the public was informed that the White House was preventing a whistle-blower from the intelligence community from coming forward despite the fact that this as yet to be named person had gone through all the proper channels. The intelligence community’s inspector general found the report to be legitimate, but the acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, took the complaint to the Justice Department, where it sat and died. We have now learned that the whistle-blower’s complaint likely extends beyond the president’s phone call with Zelensky.
The impeachment inquiry is sure to be a bloody battle between the president and both political parties. Pelosi has spent this entire year thwarting talk of impeachment for various reasons, one being that it will likely never be voted on in the Republican held Senate, not to mention that a move like this can backfire leaving the Democrats in political ruin. But this latest act of corruption by a man mentally unfit and incapable of holding this office has forced her to make a move. Pelosi reminded us yesterday that no one is above the law and took us back to 1787 with an important reminder:
In 1787, when our Constitution was adopted, Americans gathered…to await news of a government our founders had crafted. They asked Benjamin Franklin, ‘What do we have? A republic or a monarchy?’ He replied, ‘A republic, if you can keep it.’ Our responsibility is to keep it.
Game on, Mr. President.