Ukraine scandal around Trump forcing Democrats to mull impeachment

Ukraine scandal around Trump forcing Democrats to mull impeachment

Bill Weld, the former governor of MA who's making a run against President Donald Trump for the Republican ticket to the White House, managed to move the old impeachment call a bit further down the delusion scale by reminding MSNBC audiences that the punishment for treason, the only proper punishment for treason, is - "death". "Either we will hold the president accountable, or we will be held accountable", congressman Al Green said.

Biden said he had never spoken to his son about his business dealings in Ukraine. In a tweet, he called the allegations "Another Fake News story", adding, "is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially "heavily populated" call".

The media maelstrom regarding the "transcript" all stems from a Washington Post story from Wednesday, which claims, citing two "former US officials familiar with the matter", that a whistleblower from within the intelligence community issued an official complaint pertaining to a phone call between Trump and a foreign leader.

It would amount to a situation in which Trump's team, which according to the Mueller Report expected to benefit from Russian election meddling in 2016, is now using the power of the presidency to incite collusion ahead of the 2020 election.

"I do think that perhaps releasing this kind of a transcript could set a bad precedent".

The revelations of the phone call and potential withholding of money as a quid pro quo have spurred new impeachment fervor from Trump's political opponents, with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff coming closer to publicly supporting impeachment proceedings in remarks over the weekend than ever before. "We very well may have crossed the Rubicon here", he said during an appearance on CNN.

The former vice president has spoken openly about his son's struggles, including in a CNN interview that aired days after the New Yorker published a lengthy story about Hunter Biden in July. The Journal reported that Trump asked Zelensky to work with Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in investigating Hunter Biden.

"It couldn't be clearer", Weld said Monday on "Morning Joe".

When asked if Trump has given Giuliani's efforts his blessing, Giuliani said, "I don't do anything that involves my client without speaking with my client".

It's true that on behalf of the Obama administration, Biden demanded that Ukraine oust its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who had been accused of corruption by his deputy.

Trump grew hostile as reporters questioned him about the matter at the meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda. In a letter to the House Intelligence Committee on Sep. House Democrats are looking into whether Trump's request to investigate Biden coincided with his administration's withholding of military aid from Ukraine.

Pompeo responded that "if there was election interference that took place by the vice president, I think the American people deserve to know". The aid was released before a likely rebuke by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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