It’s official. The politically motivated impeachment process against President Trump, brought by democrats based on hearsay and make-believe, has culminated with two articles of impeachment.
Many people argue that democrats do not care about 2020, they know President Trump will be re-elected, nor do they care that President Trump will not be removed from office based on these outrageously ridiculous ‘charges;’ all they care about it making a black mark against President trump as perhaps pay-back for Clinton’s loss.
The charges? Abuse of power and obstruction of justice.
“Today, in the service to our duty to the Constitution and to our country, the House Judiciary Committee is introducing two articles of impeachment, charging the President of the United States of committing high crimes and misdemeanors,” Jerrold Nadler said, flanked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and other House committee chairs
“It is an impeachable offense for a president to use the powers of his office to seek a personal benefit,” he added.
The charges — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — stem from second-hand allegations brought forth in a whistleblower complaint by a partisan CIA officer, who alleged President Trump attempted to pressure the leader of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, in exchange for U.S. military aid.
Both President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky have both vehemently denied any pressure was applied during their July 25 telephone conversation at the center of the impeachment inquiry. The White House released a transcript of the president’s call with Zelensky as evidence that no wrongdoing occurred.
Notably absent from the articles were any mention of bribery, which House Democrats accused the president of committing in his dealings with Ukraine. Also absent was an article regarding past claims that the president obstructed special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into now-debunked criminal conspiracy between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.
Schiff said: “The argument ‘Why don’t you just wait?’ amounts to this: ‘Why don’t you just let him cheat in one more election? Why not let him cheat just one more time? Why not let him have foreign help just one more time?’”
House Democrats leaders concluded their press conference without taking any questions from reporters, nor did they provide any text or indication when it will be released.
President Trump reacted to the House Democrats’ press conference by slamming Nadler’s accusations as “ridiculous.”
“Nadler just said that I “pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 Election.” Ridiculous, and he knows that is not true. Both the President & Foreign Minister of Ukraine said, many times, that there “WAS NO PRESSURE.” Nadler and the Dems know this, but refuse to acknowledge!” he tweeted, before calling the process a “WITCH HUNT!”
Nadler just said that I “pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 Election.” Ridiculous, and he knows that is not true. Both the President & Foreign Minister of Ukraine said, many times, that there “WAS NO PRESSURE.” Nadler and the Dems know this, but refuse to acknowledge!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019
President Trump has repeatedly denounced the impeachment process as a “hoax” being used by the Democrats to hinder his re-election prospects.
“The impeachment thing is a hoax, it has turned out to be a hoax. It is done for purely political gain, they are going to see whether or not they can do something in 2020 because otherwise they are going to lose,” the president told reporters.
According to Democrats, any investigation of possible Democratic corruption, or of Democratic collusion with foreign officials to interfere in our elections, is itself impeachable interference in our elections.
Numerous problems mar the impeachment process — not least the rush to judgment. Democrats have been rushing congressional proceedings until they catch up with the judgment that the president must be impeached, a judgment House Democrats have already drawn. The haste rubs many Americans the wrong way.
Democrats have also had trouble identifying a crime. That’s why they appear to have settled on a vague “abuse of power” standard that would make every future president impeachable. Without being able to articulate egregious executive misbehavior, they are nevertheless racing ahead.
The point is this: Democrats regard as impeachable “interference” any effort to investigate or draw attention to their known or suspected misconduct.
Democrats have repeated to numbing effect the refrain that Trump wanted the Ukrainians to conduct investigations “that would help him politically.” You aren’t supposed to ask why such investigations might have hurt Democrats. Or, if you do, the Democrats would have you believe that Trump was asking Kiev to “make up dirt” on Joe Biden, his potential 2020 opponent, as Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff misrepresented the matter in his “parody” version of the president’s July 25 phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart.
By the Democrats lights, it makes no difference whether Trump was asking for an investigation out of good-faith reasons. If Trump was asking for investigative assistance, you are to believe it can only be because he wanted foreign governments to meddle in our elections — it cannot be that there was something that cried out to be investigated.
That’s nonsense. For starters, Trump didn’t ask Ukraine for a “favor” and then cut right to the Bidens, as Democrats claim. Trump’s first ask was for help on Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.
It’s a fact that Ukrainian officials did collude with Democrats in 2016. A Ukrainian court has so concluded. There is reason to believe that the Obama administration’s enforcement agencies leaned on their Ukrainian counterparts to investigate Paul Manafort, who served for a time as the Trump campaign’s chairman.
Ukrainian officials were in consultation with a Democratic political operative and Fusion GPS, the research firm that concocted the discredited Steele dossier at the Democratic National Committee’s and Clinton’s behest. Ukrainians were also complicit in the leaking of information that forced Manafort’s ouster from the Trump campaign.
Moreover, when Trump and the Ukrainian president did get around to discussing the Bidens, Trump didn’t ask for information to be manufactured. Burisma, a notoriously corrupt Ukrainian energy company, had recruited then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son to its board. Hunter Biden had no relevant experience, yet Burisma lavishly compensated him. At the time, Biden was Team Obana’s point man on Ukraine policy. Biden pressured the Ukrainian government to fire a prosecutor who says he was trying to investigate Burisma.
This isn’t to say that the Bidens were necessarily involved in any illegal conduct. Nor is it to say that the effort by Ukrainian officials to put their thumb on the scale in favor of Clinton and against Trump was as serious or systematic as Russia’s cyber-espionage operations against Democratic email accounts. And presidents should probably leave requests for investigative help from a foreign power to the Department of Justice.
Still, it is absurd to insist that seeking to probe Democratic misadventures that warrant probing is somehow impeachable conduct. Yet in its push to undo the outcome of the 2016 election, the Democratic Party has learned to embrace absurdity.