|The House of Representatives has announced that it is launching a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump over a phone call he had with the president of Ukraine. The transcript of that call was released today, raising new questions claims made by an anonymous whistleblower.|
President Trump spoke out earlier today about the transcript of the infamous phone call he had with Ukrainian President Zelensky back in July, and he accused the Democrats of starting a “political war” in order to get the president of Ukraine on their side.
|“And if you take a look at the Democrats, they went down to see the president of Ukraine and they asked him for all sorts of things, and don’t go with the Republicans, and stay with us, like it’s a political war. They shouldn’t have done that. That should be an impeachable event, I guess, based on what you’re saying,” Trump said.|
As promised, the White House has released a transcript of what they claim is the call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky. In the version of the transcript that was released, it does mention former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
The transcript states that Trump said, “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it.”
Now, this is not the first time Trump has accused the Bidens of being complicit in corruption with their business dealings in Ukraine. But the original complaint stated that before the phone call, Trump put a hold on $400 million dollars’ worth of military aid to Ukraine, to use it as leverage to push for launching an investigation
While those business deals are mentioned, the transcript does not show Trump saying that he would only release the military aid if the Bidens were investigated.
Meanwhile, when asked to comment on whether he has been pressured into a deal by Trump, Zelensky told reporters, “Nobody can put pressure on me because I am the president of an independent state. The only one person, by the way, who can put pressure on me…is my son, who is 6 years old.”
It is no secret that Democrats have been throwing around comments about impeaching Trump, but when she made the announcement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed the final straw was the accusation that Trump had attempted to silence a whistleblower who was trying to expose his requests of Ukraine.
This is notable because while the next election is right around the corner, Democrats like Pelosi didn’t seem to have nearly as much to say when it was President Obama who was silencing whistleblowers. And records show that his administration prosecuted more whistleblowers than all previous presidents combined.”
As far as impeachment proceedings go, it’s important to remember that even if Trump is impeached, it does not mean his is removed from office, and if this inquiry against him is successful, it could launch a lengthy legal process that will likely go far beyond the 2020 election.