Cabinet Chairman Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that despite reports President Donald Trump may have tried to get Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, she still does not support the impeachment procedure. Instead, she called for laws to be passed to make clear when and how the incumbent may be charged after Trump is no longer in office.
Many Democrats, including Senate presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Julian Castro, have called on Congress to begin the impeachment process after a complaint alleging Trump engaged in an improper conversation with a foreign leader has been made public. Speaker's statements indicate that more will be needed than allegedly stifling elections to join those in her party who are pushing for impeachment and to clarify that her focus is on protecting and expanding a majority of Democrats in The House of Representatives, which depends on protecting the seats the party won in areas that Trump held in 201
Pelosi made comments during an interview on NPR All things considered Friday, arguing Congress must insist e amend the guidelines of the Ministry of Justice, according to which meeting the president can not be indicted by adopting a law which makes the procedure for explicit accusation. "The president should be blamed if he committed any wrongdoing – any president," Pelosi said.
Such a law has no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate, and it would not be in Trump's interest to sign such a measure into law. Apparently acknowledging these facts, Pelosi said such a law would work to govern the behavior of "future presidents" rather than targeting Trump.
While she refused to approve the impeachment procedure, she was supported by the speaker behind the ongoing investigations by various committees of the House, saying that Congress had a duty to comply with "the facts and the law."
However, she acknowledged that these investigations were hampered by the lack of co-operation between the executive and the White House Declarations of Executive Privilege, arguing that both were simply more proof that new laws were needed, whereas "the founders can never suspect that a president would be so abusive with the United States Constitution that the separation of powers would be irrelevant to him and that he would continue, every president would continue to refuse acts of Congress that are part of the constitutional right of inquiry. " New questions are raised about impeachment following reports that began this week in the New York Times and Washington Post that an intelligence officer has registered a complaint about Trump's interaction with Ukrainian officials.
Details of the complaint remain cloudy, but reportedly outlines a phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president, alleging that Trump has asked the Ukrainian government to investigate Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, who is currently the leading nominee for the nomination. at least eight times.
This would suggest Trump's attempt to use his presidential influence to attract foreign participation in a re-election campaign – the very behavior for which he spent much of his time. at the office, saying he did not participate during his 2016 campaign.
At a press conference on Friday, Trump insisted he had done nothing untoward: "I have had conversations with many leaders. They are always appropriate, "he said, calling the allegations" political hacking "and" another media disaster. "
And on Saturday he continued to attack the allegations of misconduct, tweaking a complaint that journalists and Democrats were arguing. Against him:
…. a story about me and a perfectly fine and routine conversation with the new president of Ukraine – Nothing was said that was in any way wrong, but Biden's request, on the other hand, was a complete and total disaster. The fake news knows this, but they don't want to report it!
– Donald J. Trump ( @realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2019
Now that the Democrats and the media have started for fake news to "ignite" each other from their witch-hunting schemes, they try to launch one just as ridiculously as the others call it witch-hunting in Ukraine, while at the same time trying to protect the drowsy Joe Biden. It will fail again!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2019
The call is already under investigation by House Democrats trying to find out whether the Trump administration has really asked for help for the re-election by the Ukrainian government.
In an interview with NPR, Pelosi said that this case already reveals at least one violation of the law, as Joseph Maguire, director of national intelligence, refused to submit the complaint to the offender of Congress as required by law.  However, it remains to be understood whether Maguire or Trump himself will face any consequences. Republicans have begun voicing the president's allegation that the allegations are partisan attacks, and Pelosi's comments clearly signal that she is not yet ready to expand Democrats' current strategies.
The signalman claims that Trump tried to get Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 elections. The complaint was filed in August and includes details of a July telephone call alleging that he tried to pressure Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to work with his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to investigate Hunter Biden's business ties to the case. country.  The call was made on July 25, the day after Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.
As stated by Andrew Prokop of Vox, the conduct alleged in the call – to seek foreign power to dig up a potential foe for the 2020 election – stepping back into the territory of alleged electoral interference that Trump has been trying to fight since 2016:
Ukraine-related corruption played huge role in the Trump scandals already – Basic this part of the Muller probe is the pursuit of Paul Manafort for financial and lobbying crimes related to his work for the former Ukrainian regime. And in the summer of 2016, when Manafort chaired Trump's campaign, he was tormented by reports that the Ukrainian government was taking care of his payments. (Manafort was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.)
But a phone call is just one component of the behavior outlined in the complaint, according to reports. Details remain hazy, in part because of the administration's attempts to keep the Congressional report, as Prokop wrote: On August 12, a signaling contestant who is part of the American intelligence community filed a complaint with the Inspector General. Michael Atkinson Intelligence. Atkinson considers the complaint credible and a matter of "urgent concern" and requests informed congressional intelligence committees.
But his chiefs at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have intervened and refused to give details of the complaint to Congress – although it appears that the law requires them to do so .
Atkinson eventually told the Kama Intelligence Committee about the existence of the complaint in a September 9 letter – but he did not give any details whatsoever. But in a subsequent letter he said that the complaint "concerns one of the most important and important responsibilities of the DNI to the American people."
The Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, is the one who he eventually publishes with this information, stating that he fears cover-up.
Trump claims to have nothing to hide, and defended himself against all allegations of misconduct, although, as Aaron Rupar reported to Vox, in contradictory ways. On Friday, for example, Trump told reporters that he could not remember his conversations with Ukrainian officials, and said he did not read the complaint before saying that "everyone read it; they laughed. "
Democrats are divided over the issue of impeachment.
In the face of these explosive claims, many Democrats began calling for an impeachment procedure. One of the leading candidates for the Democratic president, Senator Elizabeth Warren, called Congress "complicit" in presidential corruption.
Following Mueller's report, Congress has an obligation to begin impeachment. By not acting, Congress is complicit in Trump's latest attempt to seek foreign intervention to assist him in the US election. Perform your constitutional duty and the president's impeachment.
– Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) September 20, 2019
Former HUD official and presidential candidate Julian Castro said Trump "must be impeached" and called on the House Democrats to "do something."
No politician is able to do anything right now; However. The impression should start in the House: Warren is a senator, and Castro is currently out of office. However, there are representatives who, as candidates, would like to see the impeachment start – in fact, more than half of all Democrats in the House currently support some form of impeachment investigation, including full impeachment proceedings.
In the face of these strong demands on the part of her party members, Pelosi's insistence on avoiding impeachment indicated a desire to preserve the Democratic majority in the House. Moderate Democrats and those representing the swinging districts warned the speaker that moving forward in impeachment would alienate their constituents.
American voters, including Democrats, are themselves divided on the topic of impeachment. According to recent polls by Politico and Morning Consult, 37 percent of voters support impeachment, while half are against it. Supposedly, the support comes almost entirely from Democrat voters: about 70 percent of Democratic polls said they support impeachment procedures, while only 6 percent of Republican voters said the same.
All this came as the House Judiciary Committee began to grow an impeachment investigation against Trump based on Mueller's work investigating allegations of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. The review has been going on for months, but earlier this week the commission outlined plans to continue the investigation. The plans reflect the 1974 investigation into Richard Nixon, which led to his ouster, and now will likely include an investigation into the president's discussions with Ukraine.
During a closed-door meeting earlier this week, Pelosi made it clear that she did not support the Chamber's impeachment procedure, telling committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) that the impeachment would not vote. the floor of the Chamber. With this interview, she made her objection public.