Democrats are in dire straits. Their moderate frontrunner for the presidential nomination, former vice president Joe Biden, is engulfed in a scandal over an alleged quid pro quo offered to former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016.
Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin was probing corruption at Burisma, a Ukrainian energy firm that hired his son Hunter Biden to serve on the board in 2014, while the former vice president was pursuing diplomatic initiatives with Kyiv, paying his son up to $83,000 a month. Biden threatened that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees if Shokin wasn’t immediately fired.
Democrats are accusing President Donald Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens for corruption, using military aid as leverage in a July 25 phone call, even though no evidence has surfaced corroborating their claims.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) unilaterally decided to start a ‘formal impeachment inquiry without a full House vote to probe Trump for public corruption.
Biden is slipping in the polls, especially Iowa and New Hampshire and his hold on South Carolina is tenuous. His fundraising has plunged by 30%, down to $15.2 million, just ahead of fourth place presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).
Democratic donors are threatening to back Trump if left-leaning Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is the party’s presidential nominee, and third place socialist candidate Bernie Sanders just had a heart attack. They are hitting the panic button. No wonder Pelosi broke the emergency impeachment glass — this was a five-alarm fire.
Pummeled by an enraged, marauding base, Pelosi has decided to use yet another cooked-up case against Trump for foreign interference in the election after their last catastrophic failure with similar accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. They have no qualms about framing an innocent man with a crime using trumped up outrage, if that’s what it takes to win.
Democrats delivered multiple subpoenas to the White House Friday, targeting both President Donald Trump and Mike Pence.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings in consultation with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, are seeking documents related to the House impeachment investigation after administration officials failed to comply with repeated requests for the materials.
President Trump “has chosen the path of defiance, obstruction, and cover-up,” the letter to Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney stated. The White House was given a Friday October 18 deadline to respond.
Democrats on the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform Committees also sent a letter requesting documents from Vice President Mike Pence requesting documents related to the impeachment inquiry with an October 15 deadline.
Without a full house vote the president and the Republican House minority currently do not have rights in the hearings, except to raise objections. Republicans are not permitted to issue subpoenas or call witnesses.
White House lawyers argue Trump can ignore subpoenas from Democrats without a full House vote on impeachment.
Foreseeing the train wreck ahead, CNN Political commentator Van Jones issued a stark warning to Democrats Thursday on CNN’s OutFront with Erin Burnett.
“It’s a tricky thing. The impeachment process, because for some Republicans it makes them want to rally around the flag. Now I remember when I was anti-Bill Clinton from the Left in the ‘90s and then they tried to impeach him, and suddenly Clinton was my best friend and I was, like, ‘Leave Bill Clinton alone,’” Jones said.
“So I think, you know, you get crosscurrents in this thing. At the same time, the Democrats are in a lose-lose situation, and if they don’t do something, their own base is going to feel disappointed and you feel like maybe Trump gets away too much. If you go through with the impeachment though, you can divide the country further, you take the oxygen away from your candidates, and you still don’t solve the problem of foreign interference,” said Jones.
On Thursday, Pelosi rejected calls from House Republicans for a full House vote, declaring her word is good enough. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) sent a letter on Thursday calling on her to suspend the inquiry until “equitable rules and procedures” are set up.
“The existing rules of the House provide House committees with full authority to conduct investigations for all matters under their jurisdiction, including impeachment investigations,” she wrote in a letter to McCarthy. Pelosi assigned six House committees to spearhead the inquiry which could lead to articles of impeachment.
Signs are emerging that Trump is consolidating his Republican base. The president’s 2020 campaign and the RNC raised $13 million within 36 hours of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s inquiry and the president’s approval rating is at its highest level of the year according to the Hill-HarrisX survey. Other major polls show minimal changes from the last surveys taken before the ‘formal impeachment inquiry’ began.
According to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, President Trump has added more than 6.3 million jobs in his first term.
Unemployment Rate, at 3.5%, drops to a 50 YEAR LOW,” the president tweeted Friday. “Wow America, lets impeach your President (even though he did nothing wrong!).”
Moderate Democrats backing impeachment are under attack from conservative groups back home, complicating their reelection bids, and voters in critical states like Michigan have been expressing their displeasure with Democrats for focusing on impeachment at the expense of their concerns, like jobs, healthcare and the economy.