House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is keeping President Donald Trump on his toes. The impeachment inquiry that Pelosi is helping lead is continuing with fervor this week, and Trump has been responding accordingly in his trademark Trumpian fashion — meaning he’s veered from declaring that a clause in the Constitution itself is “phony” to comparing the impeachment inquiry itself to a lynching, and it should go entirely without saying that the two are completely incomparable. In response, this Tuesday Pelosi took to Twitter to assert that she and the rest of the House Dems would continue working to hold Trump accountable.
‘This week, President Trump has:
- Called the Constitutional ban on profiting off the presidency “phony”
- Given blanket defiance of lawful subpoenas
- Stood by his shakedown of a foreign power as “perfect”
He insists he is above the law. We are following the facts. #TruthExposed’
It’s true — while complaining about being pressured to not hold the upcoming G7 summit of world leaders at his Miami-area Doral resort and thereby make money off it, Trump complained about “you people with this phony emoluments clause.” The emoluments clause has been used in arguments against Trump before; it’s the portion of the Constitution that forbids presidents from accepting gifts outside official channels. Many perceive that prohibition to cover the money Trump has been freely earning from his businesses while in office.
That hasn’t stopped Trump, though. In money-making cases, he’s freely made massive amounts of money while in office through means from domestic Republican leaders to the Saudi government spending money at his properties.
Democrats started their impeachment inquiry after a whistleblower complaint revealed a scheme Trump engaged in to get Ukraine to produce dirt on the Bidens that could be useful if Trump faced former Vice President Joe Biden in a general election. This Tuesday, investigators responding to that revelation are hearing from acting Ukraine Ambassador Bill Taylor, whose testimony sparked “gasps” right off the bat according to one source in the room. The gasps, apparently, were in response to Taylor’s revelations about the scope of the scheme to get that dirt.
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