FACTS Lead TRUMP towards IMPEACHMENT
The 10th of December 2019 marks a BLACK DAY in American history books as the House of Representatives, controlled by the Democrats, announced and unveiled ‘Articles of Impeachment’ against the 45th US President Donald J Trump. From the year 1869 to the year 2019, this is the fourth American President to face impeachment by the House of Representatives – Andrew Johnson in 1869, Richard Nixon in 1974, Bill Clinton in 1998 and Donald Trump in 2019.
Historically speaking, it is interesting to note that the Democratic President Andrew Johnson was the first American President to be impeached by the Republican-dominated Congress for trying to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin Stanton in the year 1869. However, Johnson was acquitted in the Senate by just one vote to escape his removal from the office.
Republican President Richard Nixon resigned, when it became clear that the House of Representatives dominated by the Democrats would impeach him for the infamous ‘Watergate Scandal’. Nixon was advised by Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott and House Minority Leader John Jacob Rhodes that he didn’t had the votes in the Senate and had lost political support. On the 9th of August 1974, Nixon resigned to escape being impeached and removed from the office. Republican President Gerald Ford issued a controversial pardon to Richard Nixon after his resignation.
In the year 1998, Democratic President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives, dominated by the Republicans, for concealing his affair with Monica Lewinsky, committing perjury and obstruction of justice. However, Clinton was acquitted by the Democrats-controlled Senate. He went onto complete his second term at the office. Bill Clinton became the second US President in American history to have faced impeachment.
On the 10th of December 2019, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler unveiled the two ‘Articles of Impeachment’ against the 45th US Republican President Donald J Trump. The first is ‘Abuse of power’. Nadler stated, “It is an impeachable offense for the President to exercise the powers of his public office to obtain an improper personal benefit, while ignoring or injuring the National interest. That is exactly, what President Trump did, when he solicited and pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 Presidential Election.”
The second ‘Article of Impeachment’ is ‘Obstruction of Congress’. Nadler stated, “A President, who declares himself above accountability, above the American people and above Congress' power of impeachment — which is meant to protect against threats to our democratic institutions — is the President, who sees himself as above the law”
It is really interesting to note that the Democrats have very intelligently formed the two ‘Articles of Impeachment’ for the American public to understand the process of impeachment in simple terms rather than complex legal terms. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler and top Democratic lieutenants came together to keep the ‘Articles of Impeachment’ totally focused on Ukraine. However, the Mueller Report’s findings of 10 counts of ‘Obstruction of Justice by the President’ will be incorporated to show the typical pattern of how Trump’s Presidency has worked with corrupt intent to influence the Presidential Elections.
The House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff disclosed that the House of Representatives, as one of the three co-equal branches of the Constitution, had no choice but to expedite the impeachment process because the President could cheat once again in the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election. He informed, “Now some would argue – why don't you just wait? Why don't you just wait until you get these witnesses, the White House refuses to produce? Why don't you just wait until you get the documents the White House refuses to turn over? And people should understand what that argument really means.”
President Trump had blatantly refused to cooperate with the Impeachment Inquiry and even ordered prominent witnesses like Mick Mulvaney, John Bolton, Mark Esper, Rick Perry, Mike Pompeo, Mike Pence, Rudy Giuliani and others not to comply with subpoenas and testify. The President had even ordered the White House officials not to hand over the documents requested by the House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.
Adam Schiff goes on to reveal further, “The argument, why don't you just wait amounts to this: Why don't you just let him cheat in just one more election? Why not let him cheat just one more time? We stand here today, because the President's continuing abuse of his power has left us no choice. To do nothing would make us complicit in the President's abuse of his high office, the public trust and our national security.”
Adam Schiff revealed that it had taken 8 long months for a Lower Court to rule a former White House Counsel Don McGahn must testify. How many more months will the Higher Courts take is still no clue whatsoever? The House of Representatives charge that the President abused his office by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, while withholding $391 million in US security aide and a one-on-one White House meeting. $35 million is yet to reach Ukraine, while the impeachment is heading towards House vote and the Senate floor.
The facts have finally caught Trump and the Republican allies of all their misdeeds, criminal corrupt intent and conspiracy to win Presidential Elections at the cost of nation’s security in 2016 and now for 2020. As expected, the Twitter President reacted about him still being innocent, in spite of all the facts being revealed by his own Republican White House officials. American politics has surely fallen to a new level of shamelessness and shallowness.
IG HOROWITZ reveals the FACTS
The 9th of December 2019 also marks another significant day and the doomsday for President Trump, Attorney General Bill Barr and the Republicans. In the month of March 2018, the Justice Department launched an investigation targeting the FBI and Justice Department's filing of four FISA applications and renewals to surveil former Trump Campaign Adviser Carter Page and whether or not there was an abuse of this FISA process. The Justice Department appointed their internal watchdog Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
On the 9th of December 2019, the Inspector General presented his 400-page exhaustive report and revealed: (i). There was no ‘documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced’ the decision to open the counter-intelligence probe into possible Russian meddling known as ‘Crossfire Hurricane’.
(ii). ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ was begun solely, because of information provided to the State Department by a ‘Friendly Foreign Government’ Australia. A reported conversation between George Papadopoulos and an Australian diplomat in Britain, in which Papadopoulos said he knew the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton.
(iii). Ex-FBI officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, who sent a series of anti-Trump texts to one another, played a determinative role in operation ‘Crossfire Hurricane’.
TRUMP’s FALSE ASSERTIONS
Ever since Donald Trump became the President on the 20th of January 2017, he has been spreading false assertions and blatantly lying along with his Republicans’ allies. The IG report clearly indicated to report the real reasons about the counter-intelligence probe and disputes Trump and Republicans’ false assertions that the probe begun because of information in the non-verified Steele Dossier. IG Horowitz also finds to nullify Trump’s repeated insistence that Strzok and Lisa Page were engaged in extramarital affair during the 2016 Presidential Election and were instrumental to target him.
Trump has been covering up his corrupt intent and actions by repeatedly insisting that the so-called ‘Deep State’ had engaged in a long-running, coordinated effort to keep him from winning and then undermining him once he was in office -- all under the guise of an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The IG Report states clearly as to what really happened by presenting the facts. The IG Report is more devastating than the Mueller Report, because Michael Horowitz was handpicked by none other than Trump’s favourite sycophant Bill Barr.
IG Michael Horowitz presented the facts to debunked Trump’s false narratives and theory that a series of "deep state" actors embedded within the Justice Department opened a counterintelligence operation based on a dossier paid for by his political opponents and was propped up throughout the election by people who were out to get him. The IG stated that none of that is true. He goes on to say, “Let me repeat, none of that is true.”
The IG Report also indicated that there were number of errors in the way FISA applications were made. However, he found no evidence that the probe was coordinated by Trump’s so-called deep State enemies of his.
FACTS ALWAYS MATTER
Trump has been blatantly lying to his base with tons of lies each day of his Presidency. However, the facts have finally caught up with him. In the recent times, multiple corrupt Presidents and Prime Ministers around the world have been convicted and are perishing behind bars, because facts matter ultimately.
From being the Super Power of the World, America has become unlawful, shameless and arrogant under President Donald J Trump. No one is above the law is the fact! The impeachment is the right step ahead!