At the end of last year, the House of Representatives made the historic decision to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
These articles of impeachment were in reaction to Trump urging Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation into Trump's potential 2020 rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. One major question was whether or not Trump leveraged vital congressionally-approved military aid to Ukraine in order to ensure that announcement.
One of the most-repeated defenses from House Republicans was that none of the witnesses testifying before the House Intelligence Committee could say that Trump directly ordered the Office of Management and Budget to withhold the aid.
However, the White House blocked witnesses with direct knowledge of the hold on aid from testifying, insulating Trump from direct implication.
But unredacted emails published in a report from Just Security recently revealed that the order to withhold $391 million in aid to Ukraine came directly from the President.
Now, Fox News legal analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, says House Democrats wouldn't be in the wrong to open the possibility of additional articles of impeachment.
LISTEN: @Judgenap comments on Senator Lindsey Graham's proposal to move ahead with the impeachment trial without th… https://t.co/52ZxaGOZ2u— America's Newsroom (@America's Newsroom) 1578328482.0
"If I were a Democrat in the House, I would be moving to reopen the impeachment on the basis of the newly acquired evidence, these new emails of people getting instructions directly from the president to hold up on the sending of the funds. That would justify holding onto the articles of impeachment, because there's new evidence and perhaps new articles."
Senate Republicans are currently chastising House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for waiting to deliver articles of impeachment to the Senate until trial rules are cemented.
With the revelation that Trump directly ordered the hold on aid, others agree that lawmakers must account for this new information.
That Michael Duffey said there was ‘clear direction from POTUS to continue to hold’ only further implicates Preside… https://t.co/CmZUPjksil— Chuck Schumer (@Chuck Schumer) 1578002130.0
@joncoopertweets NEW EVIDENCE: Unredacted emails show Trump froze Ukraine aid in violation of the law. Witnesses mu… https://t.co/KTPrChTGbC— Nancy Levine 🌊 (@Nancy Levine 🌊) 1577979789.0
This is why we need to hear from the witnesses Trump is preventing from testifying. Michael Duffey, Mike Pompeo, Mi… https://t.co/uvhUpj8WTo— Indivisible Guide (@Indivisible Guide) 1577980598.0
“Clear direction from POTUS to continue to hold.” Any Senators not demanding witnesses at Trump’s impeachment tria… https://t.co/R7y4YzRwgE— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1578004692.0
@realDonaldTrump Everyday, more evidence is released showing exactly why Trump is blocking witnesses & documents fr… https://t.co/79OqCjoCp9— Neeco Tripp (@Neeco Tripp) 1578002228.0
No wonder @senatemajldr #MoscowMitch McConnell and @realDonaldTrump don’t want witnesses or documents. The over… https://t.co/PIk90sCbZi— No Collusion Delusion (@No Collusion Delusion) 1577999994.0
@RepDougCollins Pentagon repeatedly sounded the alarm that what Trump ordered (halt on aid) was illegal. No wonder… https://t.co/QA3fKHItQJ— Deb Corsetti (@Deb Corsetti) 1578004798.0
Congress returned to Capitol Hill from holiday recess this Monday. Negotiations regarding trial rules are expected to develop soon.