- Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced at a press conference last night that the House of Representatives is starting a formal investigation into Trump's behavior which may be a reason to impeach him.
- Trump himself calls the news about him being investigated "a witch hunt," and "presidential harassment."
- The feud stems from the Obama years, when Biden, as Vice President, insisted that Ukraine should dismiss a senior public prosecutor who apparently wasn't doing enough against corruption.
The Democratic Party, which controls the US House of Representatives, is set to start the first phase of an impeachment procedure against President Donald Trump. Democrats accuse Trump of improper dealings with Ukraine. Trump announced Monday he would make public the contested phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. According to Trump, it was a “friendly and totally appropriate conversation.”
Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced at a press conference last night that the House of Representatives is starting a formal investigation into Trump’s behavior which may be a reason to impeach him. The Democrats suspect that Trump was seeking Ukrainian help to frustrate his political rival, Joe Biden.
If the investigation confirms Trump’s misbehavior, the House of Representatives can decide to vote on impeachment. That, however, does not mean that Trump will actually be removed from the White House. Two-thirds of the Senate must also agree to that, which is unlikely, since a majority of the Senate is in the hands of Trump’s own Republican Party.
Trump himself calls the news about him being investigated “a witch hunt,” and “presidential harassment.” In a reaction on Twitter, he said furiously, “they have not even read the transcript of the telephone conversation.”
Pelosi has been extremely reluctant to date to attempt to impeach the president. She feared it would be counterproductive, because most Americans are not in the mood for such a political war. However, the pressure from her party was increasing, since it became known that Trump may have used American foreign policy for his own political gain.
A whistleblower from the intelligence services exposed the information about Trump’s possible promises to a foreign leader. Trump is alleged to have asked the new Ukrainian president to investigate one of his main political opponents, Joe Biden.
The feud stems from the Obama years, when Biden, as Vice President, insisted that Ukraine should dismiss a senior public prosecutor who apparently wasn’t doing enough against corruption. That officer was, at the time, investigating the owner of a gas company where Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, had a lucrative job.
There is no evidence that Biden tried to protect his son. Other Western countries also asked for the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor because corruption was not tackled. The prosecutor had not specifically targeted Hunter Biden either.
Trump has since acknowledged that he spoke about Biden on the telephone with President Zelensky. He says there’s nothing wrong with it— he was simply concerned about suspected corruption around the Bidens. However, quite a number of Democrats are of the opinion that Trump was increasing the pressure on Ukraine, hoping to frustrate Biden’s bid for the US presidency.
Make the Conversation Public
Trump, possibly feeling the threat of the impeachment procedure, has announced that the transcript of his telephone conversation with Zelensky will be made public. According to Trump, it was a “friendly and totally appropriate conversation.” The precise content of the whistleblower’s complaint is still under wraps by the White House. However, the whistleblower has indicated that he wants to talk to Congress.
Trump responded with anger. “Listen, it’s just a continuation of the witch hunt. Our country’s doing the best it’s ever done. They’re going to lose the election.” he said in reference to the Democrats. “They say it’s a positive for me,” he added in a reaction to the impeachment proceedings. Republicans in the Senate, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), see nothing in impeachment and point an accusing finger at Pelosi, who they say is only trying to get Trump out of the White House.