This Wednesday morning, House impeachment investigators continued their public hearings with an appearance by E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland, who played a key role in the Ukraine plot that’s sparked the impeachment. As Sondland’s testimony ended up just adding to the pile-on of condemning evidence against President Donald Trump, prominent progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) chimed in on Twitter, quipping that if Trump is worried about the hearings continuing, he could always resign! Although he’s unlikely to take Ocasio-Cortez’s suggestion, it’s still true.
Ocasio-Cortez was replying to Michigan Congressman Justin Amash, who used to be a Republican and is now an independent. Amash made the switch after he came out publicly in support of the impeachment inquiry, a stance that Republicans have refused to endorse in any significant number, no matter the evidence against Trump.
Amash mockingly asked:
‘Is there a mercy rule for congressional hearings?’
Ocasio-Cortez pointedly replied:
‘Yes! It’s called resignation.’
Sondland has a firsthand perspective for his testimony — according to no conventional understanding of the word is it hearsay. He personally consulted with Trump numerous times, including via a late July phone conversation in which the president directly asked him if Ukraine would be pursuing “the investigations.” Although that conversation was initially revealed in top Ukraine diplomat Bill Taylor’s public testimony, Sondland has since confirmed it, thereby sticking Trump personally even closer to the Ukraine plot.
Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and produce damaging intel he might be able to use if Joe Biden makes it to the 2020 general election as a presidential candidate. Then, House investigators came along. Trump has consistently responded to the scandal by desperately insisting he did nothing wrong whatsoever and the whole investigation is a sham. This Wednesday, he even claimed he didn’t know Sondland “very well” — although he gave $1 million to Trump’s inauguration committee.
Check out Twitter’s response to Ocasio-Cortez…