The Political Trial Against Donald Trump Divides The United States – 01/17/2020

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The political trial against Donald Trump has started Thursday in the United States Senate with new evidence against the president. The government control agency, an independent agency within the Administration, has submitted a report in which it ensures that the White House budget office violated the law by retaining funds to strengthen security in Ukraine. This game is at the center of impeachment against Trump for abuse of power by conditioning the disbursement of these grants to an investigation by Kiev to the activities of the potential Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, and his son in that country.

The office, which depends on Congress, ensures that the decision to withhold funds was political, not technical. “Compliance with the law in good faith does not allow the president to change his political priorities for those that Congress has turned into law,” says the text, made public precisely on the same day that the upper house becomes a court. The president of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, took an oath to the 100 senators who serve as jurors.

This political trial, the third in the history of the United States, is about to complete three years of an Administration installed in the storm and with society split in half.

The team of prosecutors appointed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, seven Democratic congressmen, appeared at noon in the Senate (2:00 pm in Uruguay) to read aloud the accusation against Trump, the so-called impeachment articles . Then Roberts entered the scene, who took an oath to the senators to administer an "impartial justice."

Impartial? Is that possible?

Republican leader in the upper house, Mitch McConnell, warned weeks ago that he was coordinating the details of the process with the White House itself. McConnell has been very critical of Trump's accusation by the House of Representatives, controlled by Democrats, and promised that the situation will be different in the Senate.

"It was an obvious partisan performance from start to finish," McConnell said. “But the process will be different. The moment of the House of Representatives is over. It's time for the Senate. ”

Yesterday, Senate arms sergeant Michael Stenger opened the third political trial to a president in history with a warning to the 100 senators. "Everyone has an order to remain silent, under penalty of imprisonment, while the House of Representatives presents charges against Donald John Trump, president of the United States," said Stenger.

Activists protest against Trump at the Capitol. Photo: Reuters

After serving yesterday with the oath of the senators and the reading of the accusations, a parenthesis opens until next Tuesday, at 3:00 p.m. in Uruguay, when the Senate "will really begin the trial," said Senator McConnell .

This will be the first impeachment of the Twitter era, also the first to judge a president who is seeking re-election and who will block for four weeks senators fighting in a primary. Also, the most partisan of those carried out so far.

So far, Democrats lack the 67 votes necessary to dismiss Trump.

White House attorney Pat Cipollone will lead the president's defense at the trial, although the entire team has not been announced.

Trump declares himself a victim of a "witch hunt" of a "fraud" by the Democrats, and argues that his requests to the Ukrainian president himself, Volodimir Zelenski, to announce investigations that would harm the Democrats "had nothing wrong ”, But pure interest against corruption.

The role of his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, maneuvering with Kiev and using an invitation to the White House, as a pressure mechanism, questions the president's version. In addition, the US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, who was also involved in the negotiations with Ukraine, stated in the previous phase in the House of Representatives that he himself considered military aid subject to the announcement of that investigation.

The process of political trial enters its final phase after appearing new evidence provided by Lev Parnas, an imputed partner of Giuliani. Yesterday, in an interview with The New York Times, Parnas said President Trump knew about Giuliani's pressures. "I play all my life that Trump knew exactly everything that was going on about what Rudy Giuliani was doing in Ukraine," Parnas said.

Donald Trump Photo: AFP

Every detail of the trial is a reason for discussion

All the details of the political trial are cause for confrontation and controversy between Democratic and Republican legislators. A point of strong discussion is whether new testimonies will be allowed. The Democratic leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, wants to be summoned to declare the Secretary of the Presidency, Mick Mulvaney, and the former National Security ex-advisor, John Bolton, among others, because they are protagonists of the retention of military aid to Ukraine and its declarations are therefore relevant. Schumer argues that Donald Trump does not want officials to testify because he knows he is guilty. But, the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell points out that the Democrats ask for new testimonies, because “they know that the trial has no basis. It is the first trial without a true accusation. ”

Nancy Pelosi vs. Trump

"It is so sad and tragic for our country that the actions taken by the president to undermine national security, violate his oath and jeopardize the security of our elections, have not led to this," said Nancy Pelosi, who heads the Democratic Party offensive against President Donald Trump. The legislator took almost a month to present the articles with the accusations before the Senate.

Two accusations against the US president.

The seven deputies appointed by Nancy Pelosi to serve as “prosecutors” in the political trial filed charges against Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. What are the basics? The House of Representatives, with Democratic votes, accuses Trump of abuse of power because Trump conditioned and retained military aid for 400 million dollars to Ukraine and the scheduling of a meeting with the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski, that the government Kiev will publicly announce an investigation into Joe Biden – his possible Democratic rival in the presidential elections of November this year – and his son Hunter for alleged acts of corruption.

United States Congress Photo: AFP

The obstruction to Congress stems from the fact that Trump prevented several hierarchical government officials from attending the investigative commissions and refusing to hand over documents to legislators.

The president has launched harsh criticism against the Democrats and spread the transcript of the telephone conversation he had with his partner Zelenski, which he describes as perfect.

"Here we go again, with another scam made by Democrats that does nothing," he ratified yesterday on his Twitter account.



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