04 Nov Do you support President Donald Trump’s impeachment?
The impeachment of US President Donald Trump has got the whole international community speculating the ultimate result of this action. The reactions of the people regarding the impeachment of Trump are mixed. Let’s look at some of the key points in favor and against the impeachment and analyze it for ourselves.
Quid Pro Quo of the call
One line that Republicans have consistently used to defend Trump is that there was no visible quid pro quo in Trump’s call with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. However, in the rough transcript of the call, Trump said, “I would like you to do us a favor though,” after Zelensky mentioned his desire to buy more Javelin missiles from the US.
Trump was just uncovering corruption
Republicans have also stated that Trump is merely trying to uncover corruption by asking other countries to investigate the Bidens. However, proponents of the impeachment of Trump have indicated in the transcript of his phone call with Zelensky; Trump never mentioned “corruption” and only focused on conspiracy theories around the DNC server, a US cybersecurity firm, and the Bidens.
The whistleblower did not have first-hand knowledge
Opponents have also repeatedly said that the whistleblower’s complaint is not credible because he had only access to secondhand knowledge of the phone call between Trump and Zelensky. On the other hand, the intelligence community’s inspector general, Michael Atkinson, debunked the belief that the allegations against Trump were solely based on hearsay, writing in a September 30 letter that the whistleblower did have “direct knowledge of certain alleged conduct,” and this finding greatly helped the IG in reaching a “credible” determinate.
Trump was just joking
Another defending argument that Republicans have been using is that the media is taking him too seriously. This defense has been used particularly to address Trump’s request for China to investigate the Bidens. Surprisingly, there’s no evidence that Trump was joking, and Trump never claimed he was.
Still, that’s the point that both Jordan and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio have made since the impeachment started.
“I don’t think it’s a real request,” Rubio said on October 4. “I think he did it to get you guys.”
CNN also reported that in June, Trump mentioned Biden and Elizabeth Warren on a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping and told Xi that he would remain silent on Hong Kong protests as trade talks progressed.
Schiff had met the whistleblower
One of the important tactics Republicans have used to defend Trump is to attack House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff is pointing out that he had met the whistleblower prior to the whistleblower filing the complaint.
While Schiff inaccurately stated in a September interview on MSNBC that his committee had not spoken with the whistleblower prior to the complaint being filed. Proponents argue that while Schiff did have general knowledge about the issues raised by the whistleblower, there is no supporting evidence that shows he had met with the whistleblower.