Impeachment is back in the news. The Democrat impeachment circus is starting over in another committee. Jerry Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, reported last week that his committee started “formal impeachment proceedings” against President Donald Trump. Nadler is apparently going rogue because he said that he is not waiting for approval from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
The impeachment circus would have ended long ago if we lived in a sane world. The whole impeachment charade started from a telephone call made by Trump to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in July. Democrats claim that Trump should be impeached because he demanded action from Ukraine in return for military aid. There are many problems with the claim, but the main one seems to be that Zelensky has said numerous times that there was no quid pro quo. He said that he felt no pressure from Trump whatsoever. In fact, he did not know that the aid was being held. This does not mean that Zelensky approved of the aid being held. He was upset because his country needs the money.
Look, I never talked to the president from the position of a quid pro quo. That’s not my thing…. I don’t want us to look like beggars. But you have to understand. We’re at war. If you’re our strategic partner, then you can’t go blocking anything for us….
I think that’s just about fairness. It’s not about a quid pro quo. It just goes without saying.
The Trump administration is concerned about corruption in Ukraine. Zelensky ran for office on the promise to do something about the corruption there. Zelensky admits that there is corruption, but he is afraid that Trump’s words will hurt the Ukraine image with the business world.
Meanwhile back in Washington, D.C., House Republicans are defending Trump with “a point-by-point rebuttal” of the impeachment case made by Democrats against him. They argue that the previous Democrat circus did not turn over any evidence that the President did anything wrong in his July telephone call with Zelensky. The GOP report is 123 pages long and includes this statement: “The evidence presented does not prove any of these Democrat allegations, and none of the Democrats’ witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor.”
The report was co-authored by three GOP Representatives: Devin Nunes (California -Intelligence Committee ranking member), Jim Jordan (Ohio – Oversight Committee ranking member, and Michael McCaul (Texas – Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member). The report includes the following statement.
The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct; it is an orchestrated campaign to upend our political system….
This impeachment inquiry and the manner in which the Democrats are pursuing it sets a dangerous precedent….
The impeachment of a president is one of the gravest and most solemn duties of the House of Representatives. For Democrats, impeachment is a tool for settling political scores and re-litigating election results with which they disagreed.