On Thursday morning, the explosive whistleblower complaint detailing President Donald Trump's July 25 phone call urging Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Trump's political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, was released to the public.
Not only does the complaint detail the phone call, but the White House's attempts to cover it up as well, uploading it to a top secret computer system separate from the White House's main computer network.
Unlike the 448 page Mueller report from this past April, the whistleblower complaint is approximately nine pages. Despite its succinctness and national importance, several Republican Senators, when asked, claimed they still hadn't read the complaint by the end of the day.
this is amazing (via @CNN) https://t.co/kyMUYO09R2 https://t.co/RIgAz5gZD1— Ryan Struyk (@Ryan Struyk) 1569530658.0
Now, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is calling those Republicans out, reminding them to do their job.
There is almost no excuse for a member of Congress to have not read the whistleblower report by now. It’s a few pa… https://t.co/V9AlfUvwIe— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1569535813.0
Even before its release, the existence of the complaint and the call that it detailed was enough to spur House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to commence an impeachment inquiry after months of caution in the face of other impeachable offenses by the Trump administration.
People seem to be in agreement with Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez.
I mean even I read it. She's so right ... That's part of their job! https://t.co/qB3AsZNfrF— Mingo (@Mingo) 1569551840.0
I agree completely. https://t.co/zgB53o2sAL— Mary H-D (@Mary H-D) 1569537244.0
If your Congressperson has not read the whistleblower report by now, fire him or her. Replace in the next election.… https://t.co/8GsO8vKtOR— Lisa Boesen (@Lisa Boesen) 1569558350.0
This is what a true reformer looks like. https://t.co/LoUfBJcax9— Mark Jacob (@Mark Jacob) 1569535969.0
Most of the damning information—like asking Zelensky to open at investigations with no diplomatic relevance but of immense personal interest to Trump—has been released by the White House itself, making the situation harder for Republican lawmakers to defend or discredit.
This might shed some light on their evasiveness.
It is so damning that a long list of Senate Republicans claimed not to have read it or refused comment. As distress… https://t.co/eqCPZKz4FX— Jennifer Rubin (@Jennifer Rubin) 1569594029.0
If Republicans really thought Trump did nothing wrong they could defend him on the merits. Claiming you can’t find… https://t.co/4NSYc3p3fM— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1569543594.0
They are delaying the moment they must voice an opinion. https://t.co/Uq51Tj1inY— Thaddeus📚Thomas (@Thaddeus📚Thomas) 1569602311.0
More is bound to come to light as the impeachment inquiry accelerates.
The Democrat-dominated House of Representatives is likely to vote in favor of Articles of Impeachment, after which Republican Senators will have to take a stand on which side of history they intend to cement themselves.
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