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Full House vote on impeachment before Christmas
bby Nathan'ette Burdine: December 3, 2019
 


According to reports from CNN, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced that the House will vote, on December 20, 2019, on whether to impeachment President Donald Trump.

Hoyer’s announcement may come as a surprise to some considering the fact that the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pushed back on calls for impeachment due to her concern about Senate Republicans’ support.

Although the Republicans’ support for the president has not waned, the public’s support for impeachment has grown with more than 50% of voters supporting impeaching President Donald Trump.

The change in the public’s support coincides with the House Intelligence Committee’s hearings on whether the president asked a foreign government, Ukraine, to help him secure a second term as president by gathering “dirt” on former Vice President Joe Biden; who the president believes will be his Democratic opponent during the 2020 Presidential Election.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper and former Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland both told the House Intelligence Committee that there are emails showing that the president would only give military aid to Ukraine if they gave him dirt on Biden.

President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky are denying that is the case. Since the beginning of his presidency, questions have loomed about whether Donald Trump sought help from a foreign government, Russia, to become the president of the United States.

Former FBI Director James Comey was leading the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election up til his firing during May of 2017.

After James Comey was fired as the director of the FBI, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hired former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel in the Russian Investigation.

There are reports that Donald Trump asked former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop the investigation and that Jeff Sessions refusal to do so eventually lead to his resignation as the U.S. attorney general.

The Russian Investigation led to several Trump Campaign officials, like former Campaign Chair Paul Manafort, pleading guilty or being found guilty.

During a press conference in May of this year, Robert Mueller made it clear that President Donald Trump was not being charged with a crime because he is the president of the United States. And that it is up to Congress, and not the Department of Justice, to remove the president of the United States:

    “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not
     commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not, however,
     make a determination as to whether the president did commit a
     crime. The introduction to the volume two of our report explains
     that decision. It explains that under long standing department
     policy, a present president cannot be charged with a federal crime
     while he is in office. That is unconstitutional. Even if the charge is
     kept under seal and hidden from public view, that too is
     prohibited. The special counsel’s office is part of the Department
     of Justice and by regulation it was bound by that department
     policy. Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an
     option we could consider…The Constitution requires a process
     other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting
     president of wrong doing.”

Two months after Robert Mueller made those comments, there were reports about President Donald Trump seeking the help of another foreign government, Ukraine, to help him get rid of another Democratic opponent, Vice President Joe Biden.

The reports along with the president’s action of denying military aide, which Congress had set aside in its budget, for Ukraine to defend itself against Russia, led to the Impeachment Hearings in the House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.




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