After a ‘whistle blower’ submitted a request to report what they saw as gross misconduct from President Trump with a world leader to Congress, the biggest scandal of Trump’s presidency could sputter out before it even began.
The ‘whistle blower,’ who did not have first hand knowledge of the conversation, had alleged President Trump made an inappropriate deal with a world leader that they felt was worthy of immediate review by Congress. After more leaking and an explanation by the White House, we learned the president had asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s involvement in the firing of a prosecutor who was investigating his son, Hunter Biden.
President Trump had blocked hundreds of million dollars in foreign aid to Ukraine in the weeks prior to the allegedly inappropriate call. The claim remains that Trump had blocked the aid in order to coerce Zelensky into investigating a 2016 incident in which Biden had threatened to halt over $1 billion in US loan guarantees to protect his son from potential legal trouble. Oddly enough, Trump wanted to investigate exactly what he’s being accused of.
Democrats are attempting to make the case that President Trump acted corruptly by using federal funds to force a foreign nation into doing opposition research against his biggest political opponent for his campaign.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the start of formal impeachment proceedings earlier today in response to Trump’s handling of Ukraine.
President Trump admits asking, through his attorney Rudy Guilliani, Zelensky to investigate the nature of a Ukrainian Prosecutor’s firing. Biden had, according to the Trump campaign, used the billion dollars in loan guarantees to protect his son.
Trump told the press that he withheld military funding because European nations needed to pay their fair share, which is backed by his overall stance on NATO spending laid out over the last several years.
The only problem is no one calling for impeachment has actually seen the transcript. President Trump has announced on Twitter that he has “authorized the release tomorrow of the complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript of my phone conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine,” adding that “you will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call.”
He added in a later Tweet that ” Secretary of State Pompeo received permission from Ukraine Government to release the transcript of the telephone call I had with their President.”
Trump asserts the release of the transcript will reveal “no quid pro quo,” the main case being made against him. Whether or not the cries for impeachment are valid, we will know tomorrow.
According to Politico, along with the call transcript, “the White House is preparing to release to Congress by the end of the week both the whistle blower complaint and the Inspector General report that are at the center of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, according to a senior administration official, reversing its position after withholding the documents from lawmakers.”
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