Supreme Court Lawyer: Impeachment Is 'Constitutionally Required'
07 October, 2019, 12:32
The announcement Friday comes as an impeachment inquiry over President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine consumes Washington.
The audit of earlier corruption probes follows a promise Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy made to President Trump in a July 25 phone conversation: that a new prosecutor general would look into the closing of an investigation into Burisma's practices.
Trump recently reiterated his desire for Ukraine, as well as China, to investigate the former vice president and his son, despite the fact that his initial comments about the Biden family during the call with Zelensky launched the impeachment inquiry now underway.
"This is just the first week of the investigation", Katyal wrote, "Trump's factual defense has already collapsed".
House Democrats released a trove of text messages showing USA diplomats conducted a campaign to push Ukraine into launching investigations of the Bidens and the 2016 election. Trump allies argue the president's rule-breaking rhetoric is not as important as his policies, which they support.
That Trump wanted an investigation was a message that seemed to register with the Ukrainian administration.
On Aug. 13, Volker sends Sondland what appears to be a proposed draft of a Ukraine statement in which Kyiv pledges to pay "special attention" to US election interference, "especially with the alleged involvement of some Ukrainian politicians".
Mr Volker was among those mentioned in an anonymous whistleblower's complaint about Mr Trump's call to the president of Ukraine.
"The president was not tasking Ukraine to investigate a political opponent", Giuliani told the Associated Press on Thursday.
Volker and Sondland then exchanged text messages about the draft, which Volker said he would share with an adviser to Zelensky.
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"This is their testimony if it is and not part of my role", he texted. "I don't want to see those two things combined".
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After dodging questions for days, Pompeo finally confirmed Wednesday that he had been on the telephone call when Trump pressed Ukraine for damaging information on Biden.
"There's no specification in the Constitution in what does and does not constitute a more formal impeachment inquiry or investigation", he said.
For example, the whistleblower claimed that the potential inquiry into Biden was the only investigation Trump and Zelensky discussed on the call.
File photo of US Vice President Joe Biden, centre, with his son Hunter Biden, left.
In August, it was publicly revealed that the Trump administration was holding up foreign aid to Ukraine, although the whistleblower complaint had not yet been made public.
Behind the scenes, concerns were being raised by a senior U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, that the aid had been held up.
"Are we now saying that security assistance and WH meeting are conditioned on investigations?" Taylor texted Sondland on September 1.
Pelosi has sought to avoid a vote on the impeachment probe for the same reason she resisted, for months, liberal calls to try to remove the president: It would force moderate House Democrats to make a politically risky vote. His office referred back to that statement Friday morning after the texts were released.
"I think this is the quintessential definition to our founders of what is impeachable", Katyal said.
"Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump's intentions", the Trump donor-turned-diplomat writes.
The head of the Federal Election Commission on Friday retweeted her past statement that any quid pro quo meant to benefit a political campaign violates election laws. "The President is trying to evaluate whether Ukraine is truly going to adopt the transparency and reforms that President Zelensky promised during his campaign".
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