The biggest political story in the country has whetted Democrats appetite for impeachment even more than the Mueller investigation and subsequent report. The Washington Post revealed several days ago that part of a whistleblower’s complaint being blocked from Congress by President Trump’s White House included an instance in which Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate his potential presidential opponent Joe Biden. The calls for impeachment from many Democrats was immediate.
Now, a follow up story in the Post has brought those calls to a deafening pitch, and many analysts believe House Democrats have reached a tipping point, with impeachment proceedings to follow shortly. The Post wrote in an article Monday night that President Trump personally ordered $391 million in aid to Ukraine to be withheld prior to his call with the Ukrainian president.
President Trump has publicly acknowledged that he discussed Biden with the Ukrainian president, but claims that he did not use the aid as leverage in his pushing the Ukrainian president to investigate Biden. The Post’s new story suggests otherwise. Many believe that if Trump did indeed push Ukraine to investigate Biden, especially if he held back aid to force them to conduct an investigation, is an impeachable offense.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been pushing back against impeachment proceedings for months. She believes that impeaching Trump would only serve as fodder for Republicans in their bid to get Mr. Trump elected to a second term in office. But after the latest revelations, she may have no choice but to move forward with impeachment proceedings.
Many believe the tide has turned in favor of impeaching Trump. Seven House Democrats with military and national security experience who have until now resisted calling for impeachment, wrote an opinion article in the Post calling for impeachment. Reports claim that Pelosi is now privately discussing the possibility of holding impeachment hearings.
Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire and Inspector General Michael Atkinson will be appearing before the House Intelligence Committee in a public hearing on Thursday. What they tell lawmakers regarding the Ukraine scandal may be the deciding factor in whether Democrats, who control the House, will actually impeach the president. Stay tuned.