One of President Donald Trump's most ardent supporters, far-Right Fox News host Laura Ingraham, continues to defend the President's withholding of congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine in exchange for its President publicly declaring an investigation into Trump's political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
The defenses are getting more and more ridiculous.
In a recent segment, Ingraham pointed out that, while bribery is forbidden in the Constitution, attempted bribery isn't mentioned. Since Ukraine got the aid without publicly declaring the investigation, Ingraham asserts, all's well that ends well.
Laura Ingraham: "Attempted bribery isn't in the Constitution" https://t.co/uGtsDyc8a7— Jason Campbell (@Jason Campbell)1573787485.0
“The president may be impeached for bribery, treason, or high crimes and misdemeanors. But even assuming the Democrats strained and ridiculous interpretation of the facts … attempted bribery isn't in the Constitution."
In reality, the aid was granted only after Congress began to scrutinize the reasons it was being withheld.
What's more, former U.S. attorney Joyce Vance pointed out that Ingraham's assertions about the law weren't even correct.
Actually, it is. You see, the federal bribery statute, 18 USC 201, defines bribery to include attempted bribery. It… https://t.co/qSooNj5hYL— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene)1573790674.0
@JasonSCampbell @IngrahamAngle oh yeah it is - Article Two, Section Four of the US Constitution provides that:”The… https://t.co/wgdxk8Xbik— Rachel Maria 🇺🇸💙🇺🇸 (@Rachel Maria 🇺🇸💙🇺🇸)1573791009.0
@JasonSCampbell The bribe doesn't have to be successful in order for it to be a crime. Bribing AND extorting a for… https://t.co/Hl7g90GCEG— Andee Morantti-END the NRA (@Andee Morantti-END the NRA)1573800599.0
@JasonSCampbell Sure Trump was on Fifth Avenue with a gun. Sure he fired some shots at his opponents. But he missed. Come on, he missed.— Samantha Sanderson (@Samantha Sanderson)1573830061.0
People were flabbergasted by the latest Republican defense of the President's actions.
oh my god i assumed this was a summary of her gist but it's a direct quote. she really says this. they're really do… https://t.co/XJG0hA80FX— Josh Fruhlinger (@Josh Fruhlinger)1573791330.0
If the President tried to deliver to North Korea the US’ entire nuclear arsenal plus a map of sensitive targets but… https://t.co/Q33CCAvxom— Seth Masket (@Seth Masket)1573790539.0
Neither is "attempted treason". Wtf? https://t.co/Q9AkRW1aww— Matt Rogers 🎙 (@Matt Rogers 🎙)1573789508.0
This......is their defense? This? https://t.co/Lr8IhNinlV— Jennifer Hayden (@Jennifer Hayden)1573824651.0
The public impeachment hearings continue today with the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, the former Ambassador to Ukraine.