Speaker Pelosi said President Trump is abusing his power and lashing out at witnesses. That is why we must defend our democracy.
By Rakesh Raman
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that President Donald Trump should appear in his impeachment hearing if he wants to defend himself.
She also suggested Trump that instead of using Twitter to intimidate the whistleblower and witnesses, he should give his statement of defence in writing. Pelosi was talking on the “Face The Nation” TV program of CBS News.
As Trump and his Republican supporters are claiming that the witnesses who have appeared in the House impeachment hearings do not have first-hand information about Trump’s conversation with Ukraine President, Pelosi said Trump himself can give the first-hand information by appearing as a witness.
The whistleblower sounded the alarm for an investigation, but all of the evidence has come from witnesses who saw Trump’s pressure campaign first-hand, including the President’s own words. We will not allow Trump to intimidate the whistleblower or any witness. #FaceTheNation pic.twitter.com/nEltHste27
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) November 17, 2019
“The whistleblower sounded the alarm for an investigation, but all of the evidence has come from witnesses who saw Trump’s pressure campaign first-hand, including the President’s own words. We will not allow Trump to intimidate the whistleblower or any witness,” Pelosi asserted.
“President Trump is abusing his power and lashing out at witnesses. That is why we must defend our democracy,” she added.
….that I testify about the phony Impeachment Witch Hunt. She also said I could do it in writing. Even though I did nothing wrong, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2019
Today, Trump reacted sharply to Pelosi’s comments and refused to testify. “Nervous Nancy Pelosi suggested on Sunday’s DEFACE THE NATION that I testify about the phony impeachment witch hunt. She also said I could do it in writing. Even though I did nothing wrong, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax,” Trump said in a series of convoluted tweets.
Of late, a transcript of a call between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart reveals that Trump asked for Ukraine help to investigate a case related to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden who is expected to be his rival in the 2020 presidential election.
In the phone call that took place between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25, Trump asked the Ukrainian leader to work with the U.S. attorney general to investigate the Biden case.
Trump and his accomplices such as Rudy Giuliani (who is also facing criminal investigation in this case) and a slew of Republicans are making unsubstantiated claims that Joe Biden – as the former U.S. Vice President – had improperly influenced Ukraine to protect his son, Hunter Biden, in a corruption case.
As Trump was trying to take Ukraine help to intervene in the 2020 election so that he could attack his rival Biden with corruption allegations, a whistleblower reported the matter to a State Department inspector general.
The whistleblower’s complaint has become the basis of a new impeachment inquiry against Trump announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Pelosi said Trump’s actions amount to betrayal of the national security and betrayal of the integrity of U.S. elections.
While Trump is scared of impeachment and possible imprisonment for his alleged crime to steal the U.S. election with foreign help, he has threatened to identify and eliminate the whistleblower who has complained against him. With such threats to the whistleblower, Trump is behaving like an underworld mobster who is trying to use violence to silence his dissenters.
It is alleged that in order to take Ukraine’s illegal help for investigating an already closed Biden case, Trump withheld nearly $400 million of U.S. aid to Ukraine. While opening the impeachment inquiry, Democrats allege that Trump has misused U.S. foreign policy and taxpayer dollars for personal gain which is an obvious offence.
Trump is currently facing bribery charges for bribing Ukraine to take political advantage in the 2020 presidential election scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of the humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.
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