The Jury Talks Back

9/24/2019

Update: Trump, Biden, And Pelosi Moving Into Position (UPDATE ADDED)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 12:03 pm

[guest post by Dana]

The principal players are getting into position.

From the Biden camp today:

Joe Biden, in a Delaware speech today, is expected to say Congress has “no choice but to impeach” if Donald Trump doesn’t fully comply with ongoing investigations, including into Ukraine.

While the remarks are not as forceful as some of Biden’s Democratic competitors in the 2020 race, his comments mark a shift by the former vice president, who said on Saturday said he was not yet ready to call for impeachment.

“He’s going to make the point that Trump’s latest abuses are on top of all of his prior abuses,” said an aide with the Biden campaign. “He’s going to call on Trump to comply with all of Congress’ outstanding, lawful requests for information — in the Ukraine matter, and in the other investigations. And if Trump does not comply, Congress has no choice but to impeach.”

Further, facing increasing pressure from her Democratic caucus, Nancy Pelosi, who has been resisting moves toward impeachment, has been polling her leaders to see where they stand on the issue of impeachment. She is expected to make an announcement later today after discussing options with leadership:

Fox News reports that a Democratic aide said of Pelosi: “She’s all but out of options”.

And finally, this morning Rep. John Lewis called for an impeachment investigation into President Trump:

In an emotional speech on the House floor, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., called for an impeachment investigation, saying he “has waited.”

“Sometimes I’m afraid to go to sleep for fear that I will wake up and our democracy will be gone, will be gone, and never return,” he said. “This administration demonstrates complete disregard and disdain for ethics, for the law and for the constitution. They have lied under oath, they have refused to account for their action and appear before (a) legislative body, who have the constitutional right to inquire about their activities.”

He added: “We cannot delay. We must not wait. Now is the time to act.”

“The future of our democracy is at stake. There comes a time when you have to be moved by the spirit of history to take action to protect, preserve the integrity of our nation,” he continued. “I believe, I surely believe the time to begin impeachment proceedings against this president has come. To delay or to do otherwise would betray the foundation

Note:

There are now 164 House Democrats who have signaled strong support for possible impeachment proceedings. (235 Democrats and 198 Republicans are in the House, with one independent — and a majority would be required to successfully impeach the president. An unlikely two-thirds vote in the GOP-controlled Senate would be needed to convict and remove the president.)

UPDATE: Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump this afternoon:

“This week the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically,” Pelosi said.

“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” she continued. “Therefore, today I am announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”

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Pelosi said she was formally directing the House’s six committees that have jurisdiction over impeachment, oversight and other related matters to “proceed with their investigations under that umbrella.”

“The president must be held accountable,” she said. “No one is above the law.”

Trump responded to Pelosi’s announcement:

–Dana

1 Comment »

  1. Reportedly, Trump will release the transcript tomorrow, AND wants the whistleblower to testify (which congress was demanding, right up until Trump agreed).

    I’m withholding my judgement until I see the transcript, but at the moment I tend to agree with Pence; Trump is accused of doing what Joe Biden bragged about. (When Biden bragged about getting the Ukraine’s top prosecutor fired via blackmail).

    In fact, I’m seriously wondering if Trump somehow arranged for this whisleblower to make a report.

    Given the numerous cases of Democrats doing a lot worse with Ukraine, I’m stunned they want to take the risk of opening this particular can of worms. My guess is it will prove lethal to Biden’s campaign, at least.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 9/24/2019 @ 6:28 pm

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