Logan Aukes — Staff Writer
Even with the 2020 presidential election less than a year away, Democrats show no intentions of waiting until then for a chance to remove President Trump from office.
In the latest episode of the Trump impeachment saga, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, Dec. 9, in which they plan to consider evidence against President Trump.
The evidence they plan to consider stems from a formal impeachment inquiry launched by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, on Sept. 24 after a member of the CIA approached Congress with concerns about Trump’s use of power.
The whistleblower alleged that President Trump threatened to withhold U.S. military assistance if the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, did not launch an investigation into the Ukrainian business dealings of Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden. In the same report, which the Justice Department kept private until it surfaced in mid-September, the whistleblower also accused the White House of covering up Trump’s behavior.
Following a string of public outrage, the White House released the whistleblower’s full accusations in a memo on Sept. 25 and 26.
Although Trump and his officials have repeatedly denied the allegations, the memo has been largely corroborated by a phone call released by the White House between Trump and Zelensky and testimony from State Department officials.
In the opening lines of his testimony, William Taylor, a U.S. diplomate in Ukraine, said that he understood there to be a clear quid pro quo agreement between the U.S. and Ukraine—a relationship arranged by Trump.
Despite Taylor’s seemingly damning remarks, some are dismissing the impeachment proceedings on the basis of what they feel are misplaced motivations.
“Democrats are intent on impeaching President Trump for something. It really doesn’t matter to them what it is,” said Heritage Foundation legal scholar Tom Jipping on The Daily Signal Podcast. “If those [articles of impeachment] were blank pieces of paper, the House would still vote to impeach President Trump.”
Trump agrees, deeming the impeachment process thus far as a “witch hunt.”
But, while Republicans believe that Democrats are only bent on removing President Trump from office, Democrats feel they have a constitutional basis for doing so.
Ahead of the Judiciary Committee’s Dec. 9 hearing, the committee released a report explaining why Trump’s behavior constitutes an impeachable defense. According to BBC News, the report focuses its attention on the founding fathers’ reasons for including an impeachment provision in our country’s founding documents as well as addressing issues Trump officials have with the way Democrats have handled their impeachment inquiry.
“The Framers worst nightmare is what we are facing in this very moment,” said Jerry Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the Judiciary Committee, in a December 7 tweet. “President Trump abused his power, betrayed our national security, and corrupted our elections, all for personal gain. The Constitution details only one remedy for this misconduct: impeachment.”
However, even if the committee’s hearings eventually lead to a House vote supporting Trump’s impeachment, Democrats still face an uphill battle. The final decision rests with the a Republican-controlled Senate where Democrats would need 67 of 100 senators to also vote in support of impeachment—an event that has never happened in U.S. history.
Until then, American electorates are left to watch the faces of their two major political parties battle it out over interpretations of a phone call that “could not have been nicer, warmer, or better,” said President Trump.