Democratic members of the progressive “squad” want President Donald Trump out of office now. And they’re about to head home to their congressional districts for the next two weeks — and make the case to their constituents for the immediate removal of President Donald Trump, even though he was elected by the American people.
After all, the squad has power, note the left-leaning media outlets — for “when they speak, everybody listens,” according to a piece in The New York Times recently.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), for one, argued that the recently released transcript of Trump’s phone call with the Ukraine president back in July indicated the conversation was “worse than we thought” — and she accused the president of betraying the nation.
“I think we have to hold this president accountable,” she told reporters, “and protect our democracy.”
Here’s her recent tweet on the issue:
Also – what they are calling a “transcript” isn’t even a transcript. It’s a collection of notes. This is what they are *admitting* to and it’s way above and beyond what is necessary for impeachment.
The President engaged in an outright betrayal of our country.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 25, 2019
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“Either the president does not know the weight of his words or he does not care about ethics or his constitutional responsibilities,” she also said in a statement on Wednesday obtained and shared by Fox News.
“The transcript and the Justice Department’s acting in a rogue fashion in being complicit in the president’s lawlessness confirm the need for an impeachment inquiry. Clearly, the Congress must act.”
But that’s not all.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) joined Ocasio-Cortez in calling for Trump’s impeachment, saying the transcript alone was proof Congress should pursue the process.
Yet neither of them mention the questionable dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden regarding his role in having a prosecutor fired — someone who was looking into corruption in Ukraine.
Joe Biden acknowledged last year on camera that, when he was vice president, he successfully pressured Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who was investigating the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings — where Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, was on the board.
Shokin himself had separately been accused of corruption.
Is it any surprise that President Trump on Thursday morning called the current investigation “another witch hunt … Really a disgrace, a terrible thing for our country”?
Interesting concept — impeach first, find facts later.
Sounds like the mainstream media – write story first, verify later.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 23, 2019
The unethical Mr. Schiff can't be trusted with classified info. @realDonaldTrump should order his agencies to cease any cooperation with House Intelligence Committee as long as Schiff is Chairman. https://t.co/XDD4oOHo0x
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) September 26, 2019
I don’t want to hear one more word from the Democrats about the Ukrainian transcript till we get to read what Obama told Iran when he gave them $150 billion in sanction relief and $1 billion in cash
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 27, 2019
He shared those thoughts on Thursday morning just ahead of his return to the White House after his trip to New York City for the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), for his part, on Wednesday cut through the noise and said bluntly, “Democrats have lost their minds.”
The South Carolina senator was referring to congressional Democrats’ latest efforts to try to kick Trump out of the office he was duly elected to because of the phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky back in July of this year.
Meanwhile, Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, in tense testimony on Thursday on Capitol Hill, defended his handling of the explosive whistleblower complaint alleging Trump pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate the Biden family — while calling the matter “unprecedented,” as Fox News and many other outlets reported.
But after maintaining his composure for most of the morning, his frustration showed through at the end, when House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) repeatedly pressed him to agree that the matter should be investigated.
Maguire stressed that the committee now has all of the relevant information, including the whistleblower complaint itself that was released publicly Thursday morning, and said it’s up to them to decide how to proceed.
“The horse has left the barn,” Maguire said.
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