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"The Impeachment Eagle Soars" by Jeffrey Aviña

Updated: Sep 30, 2019

On Tuesday, September 24, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that the House would move forward with an official impeachment inquiry into the crimes of Donald Trump. It's official, we’re in the Endgame.

Last week, an intelligence officer submitted a corroborated and credible whistleblower complaint to the intelligence community inspector general that states Trump had a phone call with the President of Ukraine about Joe Biden’s son, Hunter. Trump pressured the President of Ukraine to open an illegitimate investigation into Hunter and business dealings that he had previously had there. President Trump had also withheld congressionally allocated aide to Ukraine days before their phone call as leverage. Not only did he admit to doing this, but he and Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, both made efforts to silence the whistleblower and keep it from Congress.

It doesn’t end there. In the aforementioned transcript, not only did they talk about opening a criminal investigation into the son of Trump’s political rival, but also asked for Ukraine to open a case investigating Ukrainian involvement in the hacking of DNC emails in 2016, something that the intelligence community believes was perpetrated by Russia. In any case, it's not looking very good for Trump.

What’s the remedy? Speaker Pelosi announced a full impeachment inquiry into the president and chairman of the intelligence committee, Adam Schiff, who has issued a subpoena to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and several other key witnesses.

Democrats are also contemplating that in addition to these violations of abuse of power, that he should also be tried for his outstanding charges as well. What democrats need to do right now is be united under one message, that message being, impeachment was created for presidents who abuse their power for their own needs, whether it be political or personal. With this president, there are many things that he has done that could be described as impeachable offenses, but something about this one has some of his Republican support drained. Seems like this one's too hot and they didn’t want to catch the smoke.

Like a lot of things, impeachment is a marathon, not a sprint. It is important for awareness to continue to spread and for it not to falter throughout the process. Call your elected officials and tell them that this is something that we want them to fight for. In the next two weeks they will all be home for recess, therefore call them and don’t let them fall ignorant your wants. If there is something to be learned about the Muller Report as well, then it is that we need to read the important things. Attached at the bottom is a link to the transcript, it’s only nine pages so give it a read.

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