Ukraine, White House, Donald Trump discussed on American Elections: Wicked Game
Reporting by the washington post acting white house chief of staff mick mulvaney said at a news conference thursday. The president trump withheld nearly four hundred million dollars in military aid in part to pressure ukraine to pursue an investigation. That could benefit him politically acknowledging before the nation. A quid pro quo. That is at the heart of an impeachment inquiry and that the president and his allies have vigorously denied for weeks. Mulvaney would later walk back. His remarks insisting that there was absolutely no quid pro quo between ukrainian aid and an investigation of the two thousand sixteen election. The white house attempted to prove in court. The impeachment inquiry was legitimate but those efforts failed on october twenty fifth when a federal judge affirmed the legality of the probe. The judge also forced the white house to turn over evidence to the house of representatives in the end. The white house's attempts to impede the impeachment proceedings came up short even as the state department ordered its employees not to cooperate with the houses inquiry one by one. Government officials came forward and testified among them ukraine ambassador marie-yvonne of each who testified that she felt personally threatened by trump's suggestion to ukrainian president zielinski that she was going to go through some things. More public airings were set to begin in november of two thousand nineteen and the threat of impeachment when hangover much of the remainder of trump's term. And be a rallying cry for his democratic competitors in the run up to the twenty twenty contests the progressive and moderate factions of the democratic party. Were divided over a host of issues. Most notably healthcare progressive candidates like senator bernie sanders and elizabeth warren push for universal health. Care or medicare for all moderate candidates like former vice president joe biden and former mayor p. Buddha judge advocated for public option or has made her pete called it medicare for all who wanted a few of the democratic hopefuls like senator kamla harris landed somewhere in the middle proposing medicare for all with a role for private insurance but if there was one issue that loomed larger than healthcare on the primary debate stage. It was the question of impeachment. The fourth democratic debate took place on october fifteenth two thousand and nineteen in westerville ohio. A dozen candidates participated but he was joe biden. Who stole the spotlight. When moderator anderson cooper of cnn pressed him on a controversial tom. Thank you congressman. The impeachment inquiry is centered on president trump's attempts to get political dirt from ukraine on vice president biden and his son hunter. Mr vice president. President trump has falsely accused. Your son of doing something wrong. While serving on a company board in ukraine on the point out. There's no evidence of wrongdoing by one of you. Having said that on sunday announced that if you're president no one in your family or associated with you. We'll be involved in any foreign businesses. My question is if it's not okay for a president's family to be involved in foreign businesses. Why was it ok for your son when you were vice. President vice president biden. Look my son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong. I carried out the policy of the united states government in rooting out corruption in ukraine. And and that's what we should be focusing on and what. I wanted to make a point about my son. Statements speaks for itself. He spoke about it today. My son's to statement speaks for itself. What i think is important. Is we focus on why. It's so important to remove this man from office on the seventeen. Look the fact that george washington worry. On the first time he spoke after being elected president. That what we had to worry about is far interference in our elections. It was the greatest threat to america. This president on three occasions three occasions has invited foreign governments and heads of government to get engaged in trying to alter our elections. The fact is that it is outrageous. Rudy giuliani the president and his thugs have already proven that they in fact are flat lying. What we have to do now is focus on donald trump. He doesn't want me to be the candidate. He's going after me. Because he knows if i get if i get the nomination i will beat him. Like a drum. In november at the v debate in atlanta impeachment dominated the conversation but he was arguably bernie sanders who made the biggest impact. When moderator rachel maddow asked him about trump's actions what rachel sadly we have a president who is not only a pathological liar. He is likely the most corrupt president in the modern history of america but we cannot simply be consumed by donald trump. Because if we are know what we're going to lose the election right now you've got eighty seven million people have no health insurance or underinsured with facing the great existential crisis about time in terms of climate change. He got five hundred thousand people sleeping out on the street and you got eighteen million people paying half of their limited income style to what the american people understand is that the congress can walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. It other words. We can deal with trump's corruption but we also have to stand up for the working families of this country. The democrats would indeed have to walk and chew gum on december eighteenth. Two thousand nineteen the house of representatives approved two articles of impeachment for abuse of power and for obstruction of congress. Making trump only the third president impeached in american history. Two days later it concerned trump putting the call to senate majority leader mitch. Mcconnell of kentucky mcconnell told him. You're getting a lot of advice. mr president. I know the senate better than any of those people you're talking to and i know how to make my members feel comfortable. The only thing that matters is the final vote. Mcconnell vowed to get all fifty three republican senators to vote for trump's acquittal telling the president. I need to know that you trust me to run this. In the two thousand sixteen presidential contest trump had made appointing conservative judges a centerpiece of his campaign and mitch. Mcconnell had helped him deliver back in february of two thousand sixteen when conservative judge antonin. Scalia time associate justice of the supreme court of the united states died. Mcconnell issued a statement. The american people should have a voice in the selection of their next supreme court justice therefore this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president article to sexual to of the constitution. Mandates that the president shall nominate and by and with the advice and consent of the senate shall appoint judges of the supreme court. Democrats had accused mcconnell and the republicans of playing dirty politics by denying president obama his constitutional right but mcconnell's maneuvers had worked. President obama had nominated a highly respected moderate judge in america. Ireland mcconnell had refused to hold hearings clearing the way for president trump to nominate neal gorsuch. Conservative federal appeals just from colorado then. When supreme court justice anthony kennedy had retired in the summer of two thousand eighteen mcconnell had again succeeded in pushing through the confirmation of supreme court justice. Brett cavanaugh even has cavanaugh faced accusations of sexual assault. Mcconnell had helped trump confirmed nearly two hundred conservative federal court judges prompting trump to say generations from now. Americans will know that. Mitch mcconnell help save the constitutional rule of law in america. The.