The 5 pages of a rough transcript of Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is now released – it rocked the U.S. political world. This was the culmination of the recent impeachment calls from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats when they opened a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump. A “so-called” whistleblower and this Trump telephone call are the source evidence provided for the impeachment inquiry.
The Democrats’ case is that Trump asked a favor of the Ukrainian President to work with Attorney General William Barr and personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s alleged corruption – a veiled quid-pro-quo. The Republican’s case is that asking favors of a nation’s leader and a president should always be on top of any corruption involving the U.S. is not quid-pro-quo – especially when looking at the scale of the corruption.
Joe Biden was speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in January 2018, on video, and even brags, that he got the Ukraine prosecutor fired in a quid-pro-quo exchange for $1 billion in aid. Other Senators were doing the same thing. Is this not far worse than the worst exaggeration of Trump’s Ukrainian call? Quid-pro-quo? How has this not been a scandal – effecting his 2020 presidential candidacy? This is a developing story.
Still, cracks began to emerge in the president’s coalition. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, called the president’s conduct on the call “troubling in the extreme” and “deeply troubling.” Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., told reporters that “Republicans ought not to be rushing to circle the wagons and say there’s no ‘there’ there when there’s obviously a lot that’s very troubling there.” Anti-Trump Republican sentiment could be an issue going forward for these Republicans, helping Democrats.
News Forecasters has already discussed this issue in a post entitled, “Impeach Trump! Whistleblower says somebody said something – Omg.” We said, “The whole whistleblower complaint is just part of the steady drip-feed of allegations against Trump, to give a narrative that Trump is corrupt … and nothing will come of this bombshell report.” Part of this has been partially proven wrong – yes we will admit when wrong.
Though true that this affair is a steady drip-feed of allegations against Trump, it has grown, whether you agree or not, into something bigger than we imagined. It is our unbiased opinion when reading the Trump call transcripts, there is no real evidence to impeach. However, the Democrats are apparently going to try to turn a nothing-burger into a real burger.
With much of the media backing the Democrats (or driving clickbait revenue), we must say Democrats have been successful in these efforts to make an impeach effort to stick. “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin, who has long pushed for President Trump’s impeachment, predicted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would effectively unify the country by holding official proceedings. Hardly, Trump’s base has been energized in support – Trump’s re-election campaign raised a quarter of a million dollars in just 15 minutes – 5 million in 24hrs.
217 House Democrats and 1 independent publicly support launching an impeachment inquiry (not the same perhaps for actual impeachment) against President Trump, according to an Axios analysis. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal July poll found that only 21% of registered voters say that there is enough evidence for Congress to begin impeachment hearings now. We early said we gave an “unbiased opinion” that the evidence does not support impeachment, the polls seem to support our thinking.
Nevertheless, it is not a nothing-burger. An impeachment process is serious business, and regardless of the facts, they can take insane directions sometimes – especially in this divisive political environment. News Forecasters’ current belief is that the Democrats will go ahead with their impeachment inquiry, but will not go for actual impeachment. A Senate trial would allow Trump to bring evidence that could embarrass the Democrats and will only serve to energize the Trump base – this assumes that there is no other significant evidence forthcoming.
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