Declassified Transcript of President Trump’s Call with Ukraine’s President Zelenskiy Will Not Find a “Compelling Case” For Impeachment, Says Tulsi Gabbard
“Look I’m not a lawyer but I think most people reading through that transcript are not going to find that extremely compelling cause to throw out a president that won an election in 2016,” said 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, Tulsi Gabbard in her interview on the political show “Rising”.
Gabbard’s views on impeachment don’t align with the constituents in her party who are now moving forward with a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump that was announced Tuesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“The actions taken to date by the President have seriously violated the constitution, it is for the reason that the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry,” said Pelosi.
The impeachment inquiry into Trump comes after a whistleblower complaint regarding a July phone call between President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, and President Trump. Trump discussed his political opponent Joe Biden.
“What Joe Biden did for his son, that’s something that should be looked at,” Trump said Tuesday, referring to the former vice president’s son Hunter Biden who made $50,000 a month with a Ukranian natural gas firm, Burisma Holdings, while it was under investigation for corruption.
“Part of the problem you have is the fake news, a lot of corrupt reporting, you have some very fine reporters and journalists but you have a lot of corrupt reporters,” said Trump to reporters after the White House released the transcript from the phone call.
“Most people will see is, ‘hey here is another move by Democrats to get rid of Donald Trump,’” said Gabbard, “further deepening the already hyper-partisan divides that we have in this country and that’s really where I’m coming from.”
“Donald Trump is corrupt, he is unfit to serve our country as president, he is unqualified to serve our country as Commander-in-Chief, I’m running for president to defeat him,” Gabbard continued.
Gabbard’s approach to the impeachment is to not move forward with it but to beat Trump in the polls, and believes an impeachment inquiry could possibly further divide the nation. Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders views the situation much differently from Gabbard, supporting the formal inquiry.
“The president has left the House of Representatives no choice but to begin impeachment inquiry, I believe impeachable offenses were committed, and the House will now lay out the case,” said Sanders. “ No president is above the law, and it is our responsibility to safeguard the constitution.
Biden is also in full support of the formal impeachment inquiry.
“Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to manufacture a smear against a domestic political opponent the “transcript” made that clear,” said Biden on Wednesday.”It’s an abuse of power that violates the oath of office and undermines our democracy, Congress must hold him accountable.”
According to a Quinnipiac University poll that was conducted between Thursday through Monday while details came out about the phone call, it showed 57 percent of Americans say they would not impeach Trump.
In the transcripts of the July phone call between Trump and the president of Ukraine, Trump discusses Biden bragging about stopping a prosecution regarding his son Hunter and his work with Burisma Holdings.
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,” said Trump. “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it, it sounds horrible to me.”
The July phone call is the center of the whistleblower complaint that allegedly claims Trump pressured his foreign counterpart in providing information about his political rival. The unidentified whistleblower wrote, “I have received information that multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”
“This interference includes, among other things, pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of the president’s main domestic political rivals,” the complaint continued.
“The President of Ukraine said that he was not pressured by me to do anything wrong, can’t have better testimony than that,” said Trump on Thursday. “As V.P., Biden had his son, on the other hand, take out millions of dollars by strong arming the Ukrainian President.”
“We have a President who believes there is no limit to his power, who believes he can do anything and get away with it, and who believes he is above the law,” said Biden on Thursday. “This isn’t a Democratic issue or a Republican issue, this is a national issue.”
Joseph Maguire, the Acting Director of National Intelligence, testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday morning after the whistleblower complaint. Maguire denied reports that he threatened the Trump administration that Maguire would resign if they didn’t let him testify.
The House Intelligence Committee asked Maguire if Trump asked to know the identity of the whistleblower, to which Maguire responded, “no.”
“When he conducts diplomacy and deals with foreign heads of state he has every right to be able to have that information be held within the White House and the executive branch,” said Maguire. “I think that the decision of the president yesterday to release the transcripts of his conversation with the president of Ukraine is probably unprecedented as well.”
“Other future leaders when they interact with our heads of state might be more cautious in what they say and reduce the interaction with the president because of that release,” continued Maguire.
Maguire is set to testify again tomorrow morning on Capitol Hill.
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