Donald Trump has a rather interesting technique when it comes to corruption within the White House. This is the one after he gets caught for lying about something. The next thing he does is admit it with a “So what?” This is where Trump tries to disinfect some of the fact hornets in his latest and most serious activity.
POTUS freely admitted that he did, after all, pressure the new Iranian President Volodymyr Zelensky into digging some dirt up on former vice president Joe Biden and his son. Next, he admitted that he withheld nearly $400 million in military aide to leverage Volodymyr.
Both were serious crimes, and Democrat after Democrat in the House have begun calling for the impeachment proceedings to begin.
Trump spoke to reporters at the United Nations (UN). There, he admitted he used the money as leverage. POTUS said, according to Los Angeles KTLA5 television:
‘As far as withholding funds, those funds were paid. They were fully paid. But my complaint has always been, and I’d withhold again and I’ll continue to withhold until such time as Europe and other nations contribute to Ukraine…[Germany, France, and others should] put up money.’
Seven Democratic freshman consisting of a former Navy pilot, intelligence analysts, soldiers, and officers wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post. They took an oath to protect the country, and this is them at work:
‘These allegations are stunning, both in the national security threat they pose and the potential corruption they represent. We do not arrive at this conclusion lightly.’
The military Democrats included: Gil Cisneros (CA), Jason Crow (CO), Elissa Slotkin (MI), Mikie Sherrill (NJ), Chrissy Houlahan (PA), Elaine Luria (VA), and Abigail Spanberger (VA):
‘These new allegations are a threat to all we have sworn to protect. We must preserve the checks and balances envisioned by the Founders and restore the trust of the American people in our government. And that is what we intend to do.’
These freshmen Democrats all served and understand what was at stake during their service to the nation. They tended to be moderate legislators who overtook Republican districts, ones where the president had been popular. Like former Senator John McCain (R-AZ), they knew about duty, honor, and integrity.
Trump spoke to the reporter spree at the United Nations:
‘It’s very important to talk about corruption. If you don’t talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is, is corrupt?’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered this opaque response:
‘[The House] will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation.’
A lone Republican Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) spoke out about the president’s phone conversations with the Ukrainian president.
‘Let’s see the transcript.’
Another Republican disagreed with the Democrats. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL):
‘I don’t think he should have raised the topic of Joe Biden with the Ukraine president.’
Acting director of national intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire under law should have provided the House Intelligence Committee with a whistleblower’s recent complaint. This individual basically sacrificed his career to bring the president’s illegal behavior to Congress’ notice. However, after conferring with Attorney General (AG) William Barr, he refused. The acting DNI was scheduled to testify before the House this week.
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