Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi finally took a stand and powerfully announced that the house is launching an official impeachment inquiry into the President: “That cannot stand. He will be held accountable. No one is above the law.” This impeachment inquiry follows the drama Trump has had with Ukraine, specifically a phone call in July in which it is alleged that he pressured Ukraine, a foreign power, to investigate Biden, a leading candidate for the 2020 election.
Since the impeachment inquiry was announced, all hell has broken loose.
Trump was tweeting from the White House after the impeachment proceedings were announced. In typical fashion – or should I say, in typical fascist – Trump wrote that he had experienced “the single greatest witch hunt in American history, probably in history” today in a press briefing that “there was no pressure, the way you had it built up, that call, it was going to be the call from hell.” He continued, “It turned out to be a nothing call other than a lot of people said, ‘I never knew you could be so nice.’”
Trump has been tweeting again today, most notably at Pamela Brown from CNN: “‘He (President Trump) didn’t specifically mention the explicit quid pro quo of…unless you investigate this…we’re going to withhold military aid to you.’ Pamela Brown.”
Of course there was no explicit quid pro quo – it seems like he was careful about not including one – but he can’t hide what’s right in front of us in the script. Unfortunately for Trump, it speaks for itself. The five page transcript doesn’t seem to be anything less than Trump attempting to conspire with a foreign power for the next election in exchange for providing military support: specifically, Trump mentions how America has done a lot for Ukraine, especially in terms of providing military support, and their relationship has not been “reciprocal.” Immediately after, Trump goes on to mention how he has a favor to ask. It’s so transparent that it’s a wonder how anyone at the White House thought this was going to be at all redeeming for Trump.
Here’s a portion of the official transcript just released:
“Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.” Does this not sound like pressure to you? Like unlawful correspondence with foreign governments?
Chuck Schumer also held a press briefing just a few hours ago in which he said, “We must learn what actions President Trump or his aides took to withhold congressionally directed security aid to Ukraine and why.” Later today, Representative Schiff of the Intelligence Committee held a press briefing in which he called the call a “classic mafia-like shakedown of a foreign leader.”
A distressed Lindsey Graham also made a comment, saying that “From my point of view, to impeach any president over a phone call like this would be insane.” Uhhh, why? He broke the law during that phone call.
Trump has done more than break the law. He’s broken the American public’s trust; he’s simply not deserving of the presidency anymore.