Donald Trump's impeachment was set in motion after a whistleblower report came to light complaining about the inappropriate nature of Trump's July 25th call with Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine.

During that call, Trump leveraged the threat of withholding U.S. aid funding to Ukraine in order to get an investigation into alleged corruption of Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Many had fixated on one aspect of the timing of the call: it came just one day after Robert Mueller testified in front of Congress about his report, a testimony that was widely seen as a dud. Perhaps Trump felt emboldened and newly vindicated by Mueller's testimony.

But now we have a new clue as to what may have inspired the call to Zelensky: a Fox News poll that Trump had been touting that very morning:

What else was in that poll?

Well, for one thing:

NBC News politics correspondent Heidi Przybyla gives us a glimpse into what may have motivated Trump that very day to want to undermine Biden's campaign:

The timing is damning:


People are on board with the theory.




And legally, it could have serious implications.


Hard to argue with math.

Hoisted by his own Twitter petard.

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When the White House released a rough summary of President Donald Trump's damning phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate his possible 2020 rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, Republicans scrambled to defend Trump.

Their defense against the impeachment inquiry of Trump? There was no quid pro quo offered to Zelensky in exchange for investigating Biden.

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