Now it appears that the U.S. laws were not designed to tackle the range of crimes that Trump can commit.
By Rakesh Raman
As Donald Trump is behaving like an untamed felon, it has become difficult to know if he is telling more lies or committing more crimes.
A new transcript released Wednesday 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. It is alleged 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 an inspector general in the U.S. intelligence agency.
The whistleblower’s complaint has become the basis of a new impeachment inquiry against Trump announced Tuesday 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.
Instead of boldly using the word “impeachment,” Democrats have been trying to call it an “impeachment inquiry” which is an ambiguous phrase.
“The transcript and the Justice Department’s acting in a rogue fashion in being complicit in the President’s lawlessness confirm the need for an impeachment inquiry. Clearly, the Congress must act,” Pelosi said in an official statement issued Wednesday.
She, however, did not explain why Congress is not moving forward aggressively to impeach Trump based on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Trump-Russia ties and his testimony on July 24 in which he said categorically that Trump has not been exonerated.
If Democrats could not move even an inch in the past 2 months after Mueller’s testimony, how will they start the impeachment proceedings in a totally new Ukraine case? They can’t. By calling it a vague impeachment inquiry instead of just impeachment, Democrats are shirking their responsibility and giving more opportunities to Trump to commit more crimes.
Now it appears that the U.S. laws were not designed to tackle the range of crimes that Trump can commit. Sad but true.
Meanwhile, in an ongoing RMN Poll, 52% people suggest that Congress should impeach Trump who had allegedly taken Russia’s help to win the 2016 presidential race.
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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