The Ukraine scandal involves a sitting president asking a foreign leader for the ‘favor’ of smearing his chief American political rival but few Republicans show signs of bolting from the lying, treasonous criminal who occupies the White House.
President Donald Trump’s decision to allow Turkey to slaughter American allies known as the Kurds, who provided a buffer between US military forces and those of ISIS in Syria, amounts to an incredible betrayal that will stain foreign policy for decades but even Republicans who condemn the policy stand by the man who made it.
The Trump administration’s decision to host next year’s G7 summit at the Trump National Doral Golf Club could provide the impeachment inquiry incontrovertible evidence of the president profiting off an official government event, constituting unconstitutional self enrichment and criminal corruption.
President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, clearly implied a “quid pro quo” linking the release of military aid to Ukraine to the administration’s demands that Kiev dredge up corruption charges against Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
Evidence is mounting but with his admission that Trump withheld aid meant for Ukraine to prod the government there to investigate Democrats, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney did more to harm Trump’s impeachment defense than administration officials testifying before committees in Congress, according to many Republicans.
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that a majority of the public — 51% of voters nationwide — approve of the House’s probe into Trump, compared with 45% who disapprove of the impeachment inquiry.
Today, 51 percent say that the inquiry is a legitimate investigation, while 43 percent say it is a political witch hunt. This compares to the negative 40 – 54 percent approval in an October 8 Quinnipiac poll.
Two thirds of American voters, 66 percent, say that it is not acceptable for the President of the United States to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, but Republicans are wildly out of step with 53 percent saying this is acceptable.
Two hundred thirty-one years ago, Alexander Hamilton nailed the essence of presidential impeachment.
“In many cases, it will connect itself with the pre-existing factions, and will inlist [sic] all their animosities, partialities, influence and interest on one side, or on the other,” he wrote.The Federalist No. 65
Hamilton could not have predicted how the Trump impeachment has allowed several politicians to exploit extreme partisanship for fundraising, as revealed by a Center for Public Integrity analysis of presidential campaign contribution data for individual donors making big-dollar contributions of more than $200, through Sept. 30.
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