Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that the House would initiate a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump, charging him with betraying his oath of office and the nation’s security by seeking to enlist a foreign power to tarnish a rival for his own political gain.
Ms. Pelosi’s declaration, after months of reticence by Democrats who had feared the political consequences of impeaching a president many of them long ago concluded was unfit for office, was a stunning turn that set the stage for a history-making and exceedingly bitter confrontation between the Democrat-led House and a defiant president who has thumbed his nose at institutional norms.
“The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution,” Ms. Pelosi said in a brief speech invoking the nation’s founding principles. Mr. Trump, she added, “must be held accountable — no one is above the law.”
She said the president’s conduct revealed his “betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections.”
Ms. Pelosi’s decision to push forward with the most severe action that Congress can take against a sitting president could usher in a remarkable new chapter in American life, touching off a constitutional and political showdown with the potential to cleave an already divided nation, reshape
Mr. Trump’s presidency and the country’s politics, and carry heavy risks both for him and for the Democrats who have decided to weigh his removal.
This is the complaint sent by a whistleblower in the intelligence community to the community’s inspector general, about an “urgent concern” that “the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election. The interference, the whistleblower wrote, includes “pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of the President’s main domestic political rivals.”
The complaint is central to the impeachment inquiry launched by House Democrats.
August 12, 2019
The Honorable Richard Burr
Select Committee on Intelligence
United States Senate
The Honorable Adam Schiff
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
United States House of Representatives
Dear Chairman Burr and Chairman Schiff:
I am reporting an “urgent concern” in accordance with the procedures outlined in 50 U.S.C. §3033(k)(5)(A). This letter is UNCLASSIFIED when separated from the attachment.
In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election. This interference includes, among other things, pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of the President’s main domestic political rivals. The President’s personal lawyer, Mr. Rudolph Giuliani, is a central figure in this effort. Attorney General Barr appears to be involved as well.
- Over the past four months, more than half a dozen U.S. officials have informed me of various facts related to this effort. The information provided herein was relayed to me in the course of official interagency business. It is routine for U.S. officials with responsibility for a particular regional or functional portfolio to share such information with one another in order to inform policymaking and analysis.
- I was not a direct witness to most of the events described. However, I found my colleagues’ accounts of these events to be credible because, in almost all cases, multiple officials recounted fact patterns that were consistent with one another. In addition, a variety of information consistent with these private accounts has been reported publicly.
I am deeply concerned that the actions described below constitute “a serious or flagrant problem, abuse, or violation of law or Executive Order” that “does not include differences of opinions concerning public policy matters,” consistent with the definition of an “urgent concern” in 50 U.S.C. §3033(k)(5)(G). I am therefore fulfilling my duty to report this information, through proper legal channels, to the relevant authorities.
Like Trump likes to say, I am not a fan of this president. But this “whistleblower”‘s account is plainly based on hearsay and gossip. Of all the things they could impeach Trump on, from years of abusing the emoluments clause to his recent deference to Royal Dictatorship nation Saudi Arabia and whoring our military forces to them, the Democrats and administration insiders are relying on entrapment.
This latest attempt to take down the president with just a year away from the next election, and with two viable candidates capable of beating him (Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard, yeah that’s right, Tulsi Gabbard), the Dems have taken the harsh lesson from Mueller’s shitty report that didn’t find dick about election interference from Russia and are trying to pull an Al Capone on Trump with this weapons deal phone call to Ukraine. When a only a few years before Trump became president, Vice President and current candidate Uncle Joe Biden pulled the same extortion style shit on that country when his idiot son Hunter was involved with a corrupt energy firm that was being investigated and that prosecutor got fired and replaced with someone “solid”.
While Chelsea Manning continues to languish in prison while being fined daily and Edward Snowden is still in exile in Russia because of their heroic and genuine whistleblowing that revealed actual harm to our nation and it’s reputation as a benevolent dispenser of democracy and trustworthy steward of our personal freedoms and privacy, and being that this whistleblower is a CIA agent the establishment DC Democrats are relying on for impeachment, this guy is more like a whistlemole.