Donald Trump’s roots of influence have spread in an alarming manner. He found his Roy Cohen in Attorney General (AG) William Barr. The top attorney defended the president and supported a misinterpretation of the Second Amendment in the Constitution. Barr believed that the president holds supreme rule over all three branches of the government: Judicial, Legislative, and Executive. That would make Trump a dictator if not checked.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appointed House Intelligence Chair Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) to serve as the tip of the spear for the impeachment investigation.
The California representative appeared on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulus Sunday voicing serious concerns about the National Security Agency (NSA). Schiff accused the Executive Branch’s formerly independent intelligence community of withholding vital documents. Schiff argued that this part of the government has been withholding crucial documents from the Legislative Branch’s investigation into Trump’s Ukrainian investigation:
‘They appear to be succumbing to pressure from the administration. The NSA, in particular, is withholding what are potentially relevant documents to our oversight responsibilities on Ukraine but also withholding documents potentially relevant that the senators might want to see during the trial.’
Much to the amazement of America, the Republicans have not been defending Trump’s crime. Schiff told Stephanopoulos those facts were not “seriously contested:”
‘The only thing really new about the president’s defense is that they’re now arguing, I think, because they can’t contest the facts, that the president cannot be impeached for abusing the power of his office.’
Schiff claimed there were indications that the “CIA may be on the same tragic course.” Given that, the representative urged the intelligence community to “resist” the administration’s pressure and to release the documents. Of course, the White House was concerned about how much the Ukrainian documents might “incriminate” 45.
The House impeached Trump for the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He was only the third American president who had been impeached. The Senate trial probably would not gain a two-thirds vote to take him out of office. Of course, that might change should additional condemning information arise.
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