Desperate Democrats impeaching Trump to avoid defeat in 2020 – as well as possible jail time
Robert Bridge is an American writer and journalist. He is the author of 'Midnight in the American Empire,' How Corporations and Their Political Servants are Destroying the American Dream. @Robert_Bridge
The sound of millions of TV remote controls clicking in unison rumbled across the heartland on Wednesday as the top American diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor told the stony-faced gallery: “What I can do, um, for you here today is tell you what I heard from [dramatic pause] people.”
Translation: The inquisition’s star witness ‘witnessed’ absolutely nothing that could warrant the removal of a sitting president from office.
The other 'witness', Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, also failed to show that Trump was looking for some ‘quid pro quo’ (i.e. dirt on his political rival Joe Biden and his dealings with a Ukrainian gas company, Burisma Holdings, in return for US military aid) in his June 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.Also on rt.com White House releases text of 1st phone call between Trump & Zelensky
Perhaps now we can better understand why the Democrats opted to hold their initial impeachment inquiry in the basement of the US Capitol building for weeks before opening up this excruciating exercise in political suicide to public scrutiny. Even the Mueller ‘Russiagate’ monstrosity looked sexy by comparison.
To add some much-needed gravy to this dry biscuit of a hearing, the White House on Friday released the very first phone call between Trump and Zelensky, made just hours after the latter was elected to office. Predictably, Twitter lit up like a virtual game of Clue to find some hint of foul play. That breaking bit of news, however, could not save the hearings from their tedious and redundant nature.
It is not so much that the hearings are boring as they are profoundly pointless. After all, the transcript of the Trump-Zelensky call has been declassified for many weeks and shows no impeachable offense; the Ukrainian president himself admitted there had been no undue pressure placed on him by the White House. Therefore, not even the elusive 'whistleblower', whose identity the Democrats are suspiciously reluctant to reveal – can add to this body of evidence aside from second-hand hearsay. Although the hearings may eventually produce a magical ‘gotcha’ moment (the former US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, who was abruptly recalled by Trump in May, is scheduled to provide testimony on Friday), the first day of deliberations points to another waste of taxpayer dollars chasing phantoms.
Quid Pro Joe Biden did exactly what Democrats are accusing President Trump of doing https://t.co/spJ3QVXERm— Beverly⭐⭐⭐ (@BeverlyG2) November 14, 2019
So why did the Democrats decide to drag the probe-weary public through yet another witch hunt just weeks after the Mueller report failed to prove collusion between Trump and the Russians? First, they have nothing to lose, literally. Aside from Fox News and an army of YouTube bloggers, the liberals control the media message lock, stock and barrel. Thus, the Democrats can rest assured that this latest super dud will be buffed squeaky clean for public consumption by a media industrial complex that has been on the offensive against Donald Trump since day one of his presidency. And let’s not forget that the Democrats have been screaming about impeaching Trump long before the US leader ever made a phone call to Zelensky.
Second, the Democrats are painfully aware that not one of their presidential pretenders stand a chance of defeating Trump in 2020. In fact, if the Democrats thought that their top contender, Joe Biden, had any realistic hope of crashing the Oval Office, they would never have opened impeachment hearings against Trump in the first place.
The reason is because the public will now be treated to tantalizing details about Biden’s son, Hunter, who reportedly profited handsomely through his affiliation with Burisma Holdings while his father was serving as vice president in the Obama administration. Moreover, in 2016, during a meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations, Biden bragged openly that he forced Kiev to fire its prosecutor general in return for the release of $1 billion in US aid. If ever there was a ‘quid pro quo’ between US and Ukrainian officials, that was it. The incredible irony here is that Trump could actually be impeached for NOT investigating Joe Biden and his numerous murky dealings with Kiev.
Finally, the Democrats are pushing ahead with impeachment proceedings against Trump at a time when they themselves are under investigation. That fact should raise some eyebrows, yet it is rarely discussed by the mainstream media. How many people know that back in May, Trump appointed Attorney General William Barr to investigate the origins of the ‘Russiagate’ fiasco? Barr’s appointment came just weeks after he told members of Congress he believed “spying did occur” against one of Trump’s campaign aides. If these disturbing allegations are confirmed, some top US officials may find themselves in need of very good legal counsel as Washington becomes ground zero for yet another political trial no less momentous than the Watergate hearings. Barr told a press conference this week that the release of the report is “imminent.”
If FISA Inspector General Horowitz report doesn’t come out next week when they said it would then I will be very disappointed & left to wonder WHAT THE GAME IS?? Is someone at FBI or DOJ tying IGs hands??— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) November 12, 2019
Here we have a situation where the White House may bring serious criminal charges against high-ranking Democrats, only to have the Democrats counter in one voice (with the loyal support of their media lapdogs, of course) that Trump is only resorting to such actions because he is attempting to save himself from impending impeachment.
When all of the factors are taken into consideration – the upcoming presidential elections that the Democrats seem unlikely to win, together with the possibility of arrests in the upper echelons of the FBI, Justice Department and Democratic Party – it becomes more understandable as to why Schiff and Pelosi pushed forward with yet another political show trial, and one that seems doomed to fail 'Russiagate' style.
As things now stand, the Democrats and Republicans are locked in a race against time to see who can appear less guilty in the eyes of the American people. And since the Democrats enjoy full support of the media, Trump’s case against his political opponents must be absolutely rock solid. Now it's a question as to whether or not Barr can deliver the evidence.
Whether the country can survive the fallout from this historic clash is another question, which I suspect we’ll be getting an answer to sooner rather than later.
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