Impeachment – Red Spin

The right is still more right

Sloane Stoklosa, Staff Writer

 

On September 24th, 2019, Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump.  She charged him with betraying his oath of office and the nation’s security by seeking to enlist a foreign power to find “dirt” on Joe Biden, one of the democratic candidates running for the presidency in 2020,  for his own political gain. Responding to this inquiry, Trump took the unprecedented step of providing the public transparency by declassifying and releasing the record of his call with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine. 

In response to the transcript release, the US Department of Justice, the President of Ukraine, and the US ambassador to the European Union, all asserted that the call was appropriate.

However, the media is putting out headlines like this that would make you think otherwise: 

“ ‘Trump’s Ukraine Call Was ‘Crazy’ and ‘Frightening,’ Official Told Whistle-Blower’ ;

The whistle-blower wrote a memo describing an official who heard the call as “visibly shaken” by it.” – New York Times. These headlines are causing the American people to believe that our president has abused his power, but here are the points that refute that Trump has any reason to be removed from office.

John Solomon, an investigative reporter, had acquired documentation that a new investigation opened 4 months BEFORE the phone call (when Ukraine was under rule by a different president) by the country’s Prosecutor General to investigate whether any of the 3.4 million dollars to pay Biden’s firm came from elicit sources. 

Congressman Zelden comments on Kurt Volker’s -the former United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations- deposition:

During his transcribed interview which lasted several hours, he claimed with regards to Adam Schiff that

  • aid with the United States to Ukraine was being linked to an investigation and the Bidens. 
  • President Zalinski had no idea that there was a hold on aid during the phone call.
  • There was nothing about there being a hold on us aid or there being a quid pro quo
  • The entire time the aid was getting released
  • Adam Schiff said that Trump was asking to manufacture dirt on the Bidens, but Volker claims that this is absolutely untrue. 

In a response to the impeachment inquiry addressed to “Madam Speaker and Messrs. Chairmen”, Pat A. Cipollone, Counsel to the President, makes these three points:

  1. Your “Inquiry” Is Constitutionally Invalid and Violates Basic Due Process Rights and the Separation of Powers.

Cipollone states, ‘Your inquiry is constitutionally invalid and a violation of due process. In the history of our Nation, the House of Representatives has never attempted to launch an impeachment inquiry against the President without a majority of the House taking political accountability for that decision by voting to authorize such a dramatic constitutional step. Here, House leadership claims to have initiated the gravest inter-branch conflict contemplated under our Constitution by means of nothing more than a press conference at which the Speaker of the House simply announced an “official impeachment inquiry.” Your contrived process is unprecedented in the history of the Nation, and lacks the necessary authorization for a valid impeachment proceedings.”

2. The Invalid “Impeachment Inquiry” Plainly Seeks To Reverse the Election of 2016 and To Influence the Election of 2020.

Cipollone backs up this claim by asserting that, “The effort to impeach President Trump — without regard to any evidence of his actions in office — is a naked political strategy that began the day he was inaugurated, and perhaps even before. In fact, your transparent rush to judgment, lack of democratically accountable authorization, and violation of basic rights in the current proceedings make clear the illegitimate, partisan purpose of this purported “impeachment inquiry.” The Founders, however, did not create the extraordinary mechanism of impeachment so it could be used by a political party that feared for its prospects against the sitting President in the next election. The decision as to who will be elected President in 2020 should rest with the people of the United States, exactly where the Constitution places it.

3. There Is No Legitimate Basis for Your “Impeachment Inquiry”; Instead, the Committees’ Actions Raise Serious Questions.

Cipollone claims, “It is transparent that you have resorted to such unprecedented and unconstitutional procedures because you know that a fair process would expose the lack of any basis for your inquiry. Your current effort is founded on a completely appropriate call on July 25, 2019, between President Trump and President Zelenskyy of Ukraine, Without waiting to see what was actually said on the call, a press conference was held announcing an “impeachment inquiry” based on falsehoods and misinformation about the call. To rebut those falsehoods, and to provide transparency to the American people, President Trump secured agreement from the Government of Ukraine and took the extraordinary step of declassifying and publicly releasing the record of the call. That record clearly established that the call was completely appropriate, that the President did nothing wrong, and that there is no basis for an impeachment inquiry. At a joint press conference shortly after the call’s public release, President Zelenskyy agreed that the call was appropriate, In addition, the Department of Justice announced that officials there had reviewed the call after a referral for an alleged campaign finance law violation and found no such violation.”

According to this evidence, Trump there is not reason for Trump to be removed from office or to receive criticism for this situation.

Read the whole letter mentioned above

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/10/08/us/politics/white-house-letter-impeachment.html

 

Transcript of Trump’s call with Ukraine’s President

 

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/25/trump-ukraine-phone-call-transcript-text-pdf-1510770

 

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