a reply to: AndyFromMichigan
Democrats released their two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, and they are a complete joke.
Not only did the Democrats back away from charging Trump with bribery, obstruction of justice in the Mueller investigation, campaign finance
violations, treason, or any of the other wild claims they floated, but the two articles themselves are fraudulent, based on blatantly false claims of
law and fact.
Line by line, here they are:
ARTICLE I: ABUSE OF POWER
The Constitution provides that the House of Representatives shall have the sole Power of Impeachment and that the President “shall be removed from
Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” In his conduct of the office of President of
the United States — and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best
of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the
laws be faithfully executed — Donald J. Trump has abused the powers of the Presidency, in that:
Using the powers of his high office, President Trump Solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 United States
This is false. Trump never discussed the 2020 election with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, nor did he ask them to interfere in our politics.
That is simply Democrats’ spin, based on the complaint of the so-called “whistleblower,” which was disproved by the release of the actual
transcript of Trump’s conversation with Zelensky. Trump asked Ukraine to look into its widely-reported interference in the 2016 election, and to
look into the circumstances in which then-Vice President Joe Biden demanded, on pain of losing $1 billion in loan guarantees, that Ukraine fire a
prosecutor who had jurisdiction over a dormant investigation of a corrupt Ukrainian company, Burisma, on which Biden’s son, Hunter, served as a
well-compensated board member. Democrats demanded Ukraine cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s supposed
“collusion” with Russia in 2018. By their own new definition, that would qualify as pressuring Ukraine to interfere in U.S. politics.
He did so through a scheme or course of conduct that included soliciting the Government of Ukraine to publicly announce investigations that would
benefit his reelection, harm the election prospects of a political opponent, and influence the 2020 United States Presidential election to his
Trump asked Zelensky to work with the U.S. Attorney General, which suggests he actually wanted real investigations. Democrats claim Trump only wanted
an “announcement” of investigations. Their only evidence is the testimony of Gordon Sondland, who testified that Trump told him that he wanted
“nothing” from Ukraine, and who admitted that most of what he believed about “investigations” was the result of his own personal
President Trump also sought to pressure the Government of Ukraine to take these steps
This is false. President Zelensky has said numerous times that he felt no “pressure” from Trump, and that there was no “quid pro quo.”
Numerous witnesses testified that Ukraine did not even know any aid was on hold until Politico reported it in late August, more than a month after the
call. While some witnesses said that some Ukrainian officials at the embassy in Washington may have been aware of a holdup with the aid, none of them
could say exactly when.
by conditioning official United States Government acts of significant value to Ukraine on its public announcement of the investigations.
This, again, is false. Numerous witnesses testified that aid was never conditioned on investigations. The Ukrainian government itself has repeated —
even today — that it never believed U.S. assistance depended on announcing, or conducting, investigations. The claim was just a presumption by
Sondland, who also testified that Trump told him there was “no quid pro quo,” and admitted he had no direct knowledge of any link between aid and
President Trump engaged in this scheme or course of conduct for corrupt purposes in pursuit of personal political benefit.
The president specifically asked Zelensky to “do us a favor,” referring to the “country.” (Democrat legal “expert” Pamela Karlan tried,
absurdly, to argue that Trump meant the “royal ‘We’.”) Investigating both foreign election interference and corruption involving American
officials is a matter of public interest. Numerous witnesses agreed that the Bidens had a conflict of interest with Burisma — at the very least —
and that it was worthy of investigation. Moreover, Democrats spent years arguing that the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s alleged
“collusion” with Russia was justified because the country had to know if a possible future president was compromised — either by foreign
misdeeds or by compromising information in hands of a foreign power. The same applies to Biden.
In so doing, President Trump used the powers of the Presidency in a manner that compromised the national security of the United States
The argument that Trump “compromised” national security rests on the idea that Ukraine is essential to American national security interests. That
may or may not be true, but if so, then President Barack Obama should have been impeached for appeasing Russia and allowing it to invade Ukraine. In
truth, questions of national security and foreign policy are largely within the president’s own constitutional purview; his decisions are not
impeachable. Regardless, there was never any interruption in U.S. aid to Ukraine, and the key military aid — the Javelin anti-tank missiles that
Trump provided, but Obama had not — was never affected, as numerous witnesses testified. If anything undermined U.S. national security, it was the
Democrats’ decision to pursue impeachment in a way that exposed the secretive details of internal decision-making and foreign policy to anyone,
friend or foe, who wanted to know.
and undermined the integrity of the United States democratic process.
The only violation of the democratic process is Democrats’ attempt to overturn the 2016 election. As Democrats argued vehemently during the Clinton
impeachment in 1998-9, such an effort should not be undertaken lightly. And as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) argued — before her
impeachment effort failed to earn Republican support — impeachment should only be done with bipartisan support lest it be seen as a purely political
He thus ignored and injured the interests of the Nation.
On the contrary: protecting our elections, investigating corruption, and preventing foreign aid from being misused by corrupt governments are all the
duties of the President of the United States, in furtherance of his Oath of Office.
President Trump engaged in this scheme or course of conduct through the following means:
1) President Trump — acting both directly and through his agents Within and Outside the United States Government
Trump did not have “agents.” He had Senate-confirmed diplomats, as well as informal diplomatic channels. As numerous witnesses testified, there is
nothing inherently wrong or unusual in a president using informal diplomacy.