This week, the House is preparing to formally approve Trump’s articles of impeachment, which will then spark the case moving to the Senate, where Republicans maintain a majority. Although previously, Democratic leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had suggested that the Democratic House majority would not move forward with impeachment without bipartisan support, Republicans have still refused to budge in their support for President Donald Trump, no matter the significant evidence implicating him in a bribery and extortion plot targeting Ukraine. This weekend on ABC, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) insisted that Trump’s corruption got so dangerous that Republican partisan loyalties can’t weigh on decision-making.
Besides the Republican loyalties in Congress, many Republican voters also still say they oppose impeachment — although overall, Americans are about evenly split. Although Trump has claimed that his poll numbers are doing great, a recent Fox News poll found that 54 percent of Americans support the impeachment process. Nadler explained:
‘More importantly, this is a continuing threat to the integrity of our elections now. This is not a one-off — impeachment is not a punishment for past behavior. This president conspired and sought foreign interference in the 2016 election, and he is openly seeking foreign interference in the 2020 election, and he poses a continuing threat to our national security and to the integrity of our elections, to our democratic system itself. We cannot permit that to continue.’
.@GStephanopoulos "Republican voters overwhelmingly oppose impeachment…Haven't you failed your own test?"
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 15, 2019
In that light, House Democrats’ articles of impeachment include charges of abuse of power and obstruction of duly proceeding Congressional inquiry.
As Nadler indicated, Trump has been well documented to have tried to get dirt on his Democratic rivals from Ukraine ahead of the 2020 elections, and he and his team sought to tie the production of that dirt to the transfer of military aid for Ukraine that the country desperately needed to defend itself against lethal Russian aggression.
Considering the years of investigation into the Trump campaign’s relationship to Russian interference in the 2016 elections, one might expect that they learned their lesson or something and would from here on out keep themselves farther away from foreign interference — but nope, that’s not happening. Just recently, personal Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani was in Ukraine yet again, while the impeachment proceedings that he helped start with his scheming were proceeding back home.
In response to the growing concern about his behavior, Trump has dug further and further into his ruthlessly antagonistic and petty whining. This weekend, he even complained about Fox News hosting House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and former FBI Director James Comey with a ridiculous nickname for NBC. He tweeted:
‘Both Commiecast MSNBC & Fake News CNN are watching their Ratings TANK. Fredo on CNN is dying. Don’t know why @FoxNews wants to be more like them? They’ll all die together as other outlets take their place. Only pro Trump Fox shows do well. Rest are nothing. How’s Shep doing?’
While facing impeachment over a globe-spanning corruption scheme, this is how the president of the United States is spending his spare time.
Both Commiecast MSNBC & Fake News CNN are watching their Ratings TANK. Fredo on CNN is dying. Don’t know why @FoxNews wants to be more like them? They’ll all die together as other outlets take their place. Only pro Trump Fox shows do well. Rest are nothing. How’s Shep doing?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2019