Trump-Ukraine Bribery Case: Trump Impeachment Expected Before Christmas

President Donald Trump. Photo: White House
President Donald Trump. Photo: White House

Trump-Ukraine Bribery Case: Trump Impeachment Expected Before Christmas

Impeachment is the process by which a legislative body such as Congress formally levels charges against a government official, including the President.

By Rakesh Raman

As the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump’s alleged attempt to take Ukrainian help to win 2020 election has gained momentum, it is expected that Trump will be impeached by the House before Christmas. The case will then go to the U.S. Senate for trial to decide if Trump needs to be removed from office.

After holding hearings of a slew of witnesses, the House Intelligence Committee released its report on December 3 with the recommendations for Trump’s impeachment. The first House Judiciary Committee hearing on impeachment took place the next day when 3 law professors concluded that Trump has committed impeachable offences.

Of late, a transcript of a call between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart revealed 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 group 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 says Trump’s actions amount to betrayal of the national security and betrayal of the integrity of U.S. elections.

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. Democrats allege that Trump has misused U.S. foreign policy and taxpayer dollars for personal gain which is an obvious offence of bribery.

Trump is currently facing bribery allegations 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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