Washington – The Washington-based commissioner, Jenniffer González, has not seen anything in the investigation of a House of Representatives committee on a possible dismissal process against the president of the United States who will withdraw his support for Donald Trump.
For González, the witnesses who have declared before the Committee on Intelligence Matters "say they are not aware of their own personal knowledge" of Trump's efforts, members of his government and the personal lawyer of the president of the United States to demand investigations from Ukraine that will affect mainly former Vice President Joseph Biden and the Democrats.
Gonzalez, however, said Thursday that he has not read the summary – transcript of the telephone conversation last July 25 in which President Trump asked the President of Ukraine, Volodomir Zelensky, for favor – at a time when the military assistance to that country and the new Ukrainian ruler was looking for an official meeting at the White House-, to investigate former Vice President Biden, the Burisma gas company to whose board of directors belonged the son of Biden and the unfounded theory that Ukraine interfered with the 2016 U.S. elections.RELATED
Among the speakers of the seven committee hearings was the US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, who was asked directly by President Trump – the next day of the call with Zelenzky – if the Ukrainian government had decided to announce "Investigations" requested.
Sondland further stated that Trump's personal lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, confirmed that Ukraine was being asked to “make a public statement announcing investigations of the 2016 election / the DNC server – US Democratic Party .UU.-, and Burisma. ”
Sondland said he had no doubt that Trump sought a "quid pro quo" – to ask for something in exchange for something – when he stopped Ukraine from military assistance and an official meeting at the White House.
Officials and former officials of the National Security Council of the White House also testified about the alarm generated by Trump's requests to the president of Ukraine and discredited the theory of the US president, and Republicans of Congress, that this Eastern European country interfered with the 2016 elections.
Commissioner Gonzalez – like her Republican colleagues in the House -, however, believes that the investigation against Trump "was seen coming from day one" and is a partisan decision taken by the Democratic majority to "prosecute" the president of U.S. "They have a decision made … (Of those who have declared) none can say they received an instruction from the president (to carry out the investigations)," he said.
The Intelligence Affairs Committee – if it does not call additional public hearings – now has to render a report that would be analyzed by the Legal Committee to determine whether they take a vote in commission and then in the plenary of the House low charges They deserve to propose the impeachment of President Trump, an issue that would then have to go to a political trial in the US Senate.
The four Puerto Rican Democrats of the lower house – José Serrano, Nydia Velázquez, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Darren Soto – voted in favor of opening the formal investigation against President Trump.
The symbolic vote
Commissioner González, on the other hand, defended the decision of the Legislature of Puerto Rico – which would be in the air if Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced vetoes the electoral amendments approved this week -, to postpone the symbolic vote for the candidates for the presidency of the United States.
El Nuevo Día published this week that Commissioner Gonzalez requested that the vote be postponed, which in San Juan has been interpreted as an interest in avoiding having to place Trump on the ballot, who has sought to stop emergency assistance to the Island after Hurricane Maria and rejected the idea of making Puerto Rico the 51st state in the United States.
A survey of The Washington Post newspaper reflected, in the summer of 2018, that only 15% of Puerto Rico residents supported Trump's work.
Gonzalez initially said that "I had nothing to do with it," when asked about the interest in postponing the symbolic presidential consultation.
But then he said he had conversations with the legislative leadership of the New Progressive Party (PNP) concerned with the number of ballots that can be taken to the voting booth in the general election.
"The most important thing is that we have the plebiscite (the statehood referendum yes or no) … we should not fatigue the voter," Gonzalez said.