Trump’s Ukraine turmoil: Status quo or impeachment?

Robert Osborne | Staff Writer

President Donald Trump has been in the news recently for controversy with another country and, due to its magnitude, the American public is highly concerned.

News media outlets were informed late Monday that President Trump requested the retention of a military guide to Ukraine around a week before his telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25, The Washington Post reported.

On this phone call, The Post reported, President Trump considered binding the financial aid toward the Eastern European nation due to its investigation of previous Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, who is a recent board member for Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings.

“The other thing, there’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,” Trump told reporters. “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution, so if you can look into it … It sounds horrible to me.”

This has sent the Democratic Party, the GOP and the country in a frenzy with treason, tampering and impeachment becoming the topics of conversations on news outlets. The political community has been intrigued as to why Trump had withheld almost $400 million in aid to Ukraine for no given reason, but the dust has all but settled with the answer coming into focus.

President Trump on Sept. 24 stated his reason for withholding aid to Ukraine was that he believes that other European countries should pay for Ukraine’s military aid. This raises the question that if he firmly believed that the U.S. shouldn’t have to pay the aid, why would he do it?

The only clear thing in this ongoing situation is that there is a dark haze over Trump’s presidency, his relationship with the Ukraine and the 2020 presidential election. These actions by President Trump have led the Democratic Party to endorse formally an impeachment inquiry. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, told Politico, “The facts drove the timing and the decision.”

This momentous decision was not without backlash or concern, but the overall need of accountability pushed it forward. Quickly after the decision was made, 221 Democrats backed the pro-impeachment inquiry along with the only independent in Congress, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Politico reported, even took it as far as saying: “I’ve always thought [impeaching Trump] was inevitable. Here, he essentially bragged about what he had done. And the truth is plain to see. The Latin phrase is res ipsa loquitur—the thing speaks for itself.”


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