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Tue Sep 24, 2019, 07:18 PM Sep 2019

Today may be the most important day of Trump's tenure

Remember the date: Sept. 24, 2019. It may well be the most consequential day of President Trump’s tenure. Certainly it is one of the days that will determine the course of his presidency. After a wave of Democratic House members came out in favor of impeachment throughout the day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced she will begin official impeachment proceedings. She reiterated that Trump “has admitted to asking the President of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically.” She therefore announced impeachment proceedings would go forward under the umbrella of six committees. She stressed, “No one is above the law. … The times have found us.”

Ominously, the Senate unanimously passed a sense-of-the-Senate resolution demanding the whistleblower complaint that started all this be transmitted to Congress.

Before we even start the official impeachment process, there will be a test vote of sorts in the House. Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) announced in a written statement released earlier a vote on a nonbinding motion on Wednesday “making it clear Congress’s disapproval of the Administration’s effort to block the release of the complaint and the need to protect the whistleblower.” The written statement continued, “This is not a partisan matter, it’s about the integrity of our democracy, respect for the rule of law and defending our Constitution. We hope that all Members of the House — Democrats and Republicans alike — will join in upholding the rule of law and oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution as Representatives of the American people.” This is one of many potential steps to turn up the heat on Republican lawmakers.

How did the ground on impeachment shift so quickly? For once, Democrats remained in sync and moved swiftly. The glaring abuse of power at issue — asking Ukraine’s president to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter while withholding military aid to Kiev — and the president’s refusal to provide all evidence including a whistleblower complaint as required by law shocked Democrats out of their cautious mode and propelled them to rally around impeachment. Pelosi, who ostensibly was protecting these members, was then compelled to act. Contrary to cynical media chatter, facts do matter and these facts could not be ignored by Democrats despite any misgivings about the political fallout.


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Today may be the most important day of Trump's tenure (Original Post) Zorro Sep 2019 OP
It could very well be the most important day randr Sep 2019 #1
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