A whirlwind 36 hours of dizzying news regarding President Donald Trump's efforts to recruit Ukraine in sullying the reputation of 2020 Democratic frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, culminated today with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announcing an official impeachment inquiry after months of resisting the effort.
Pelosi: "The actions of the Trump presidency revealed the dishonorable fact of the President's betrayal of his oath… https://t.co/X0N2EVWpA4— CNN Politics (@CNN Politics) 1569360289.0
The decision came after 30 House Democrats, many of them in swing states, came out in support of impeachment proceedings in the last 24 hours alone.
President Donald Trump returned to Trump Tower in New York City after addressing the United Nations General Assembly just in time to catch Pelosi's announcement, and—judging by his Twitter—he didn't miss a moment of it.
Such an important day at the United Nations, so much work and so much success, and the Democrats purposely had to r… https://t.co/ADWKdbaWGD— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1569359281.0
Pelosi, Nadler, Schiff and, of course, Maxine Waters! Can you believe this?— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1569359475.0
They never even saw the transcript of the call. A total Witch Hunt!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1569359645.0
PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1569359862.0
https://t.co/1KOSnHguW2— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1569360752.0
Secretary of State Pompeo recieved permission from Ukraine Government to release the transcript of the telephone ca… https://t.co/YgkxRyfj06— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1569363760.0
The President and his allies have admitted in the past few days that Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden's family in a July phone conversation, and that the President withheld a $391 million military aid package approximately a week before the call.
Trump announced today that he'll be releasing a transcript of the call with Zelensky, but lawmakers and political observers are insisting that a transcript from a President who once edited an official weather map with a sharpie would be unreliable. What's more, they argue that without the contents of the whistleblower complaint deemed by the Intelligence Community Inspector General to be "urgent," the transcript alone would be insufficient.
It’s not about the transcript of a call. Don’t let President Trump or Republican officials distract you with a stra… https://t.co/lZvgyIIeH0— Justin Amash (@Justin Amash) 1569360653.0
What ought to be hard to believe was that you were so incredibly dumb enough to do what you’ve already admitted to… https://t.co/NKhfgb5pMM— George Conway (@George Conway) 1569359685.0
You broke the law. You violated your oath of office. You endangered national security and the American people. Yes… https://t.co/6N0uBvm179— Carolyn B. Maloney (@Carolyn B. Maloney) 1569360289.0
Old man yells at cloud, impeachment edition https://t.co/kWJN38XEdT— Brendan Nyhan (@Brendan Nyhan) 1569359972.0
Dear @realDonaldTrump: You admitted on national TV that you solicited the Ukrainian leader to investigate your oppo… https://t.co/9jact5x6Vf— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu) 1569361700.0
It wasn't necessary since you and Rudes have spent the past week admitting on every platform possible that you both… https://t.co/51o4GVHUkN— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1569359798.0
They're not falling for your transcript trap - this is about way more than a transcript. @CNN heading to you. https://t.co/S5kn0c2B0m— Sam Vinograd (@Sam Vinograd) 1569359823.0
This is just the beginning.
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