The impeachment process of U.S. President Donald Trump in the Senate may end on January 31, if no decision is made to call witnesses.
The impeachment proceedings of US President Donald Trump are nearing an end. In the Senate, where impeachment is being considered, most republicans are doing their best not to hear witnesses who might cast a shadow over Trump.
The U.S. president is accused of pressuring the head of the Ukrainian state for the sake of his own election campaign. Trump denies everything, and his lawyers have begun to say that if there was pressure, it was for the “public good”, which means it is not a crime.
Correspondent.net is following the impeachment process.
Battle for Witnesses
Democrats are pushing for former National Security Adviser John Bolton to call on Former President Trump’s national security aide to the Senate. A decision on the call of witnesses will be made on Friday, and Democrats are missing four votes.
One of the Republican senators, Lamar Alexander, acknowledged in a statement Thursday after a long question-and-answer session that Democrats had proven that Trump’s actions were “inappropriate” but did not believe that witnesses should be called.
Democrats had hoped that four Republican senators – Lamar, as well as Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins – would get the 51 votes needed to call witnesses. On Thursday, Collins joined Romney in saying she would also vote to call witnesses.
But Lamar’s statement is a sign that Republicans will be able to block the move and end Trump’s trial with the expected acquittal.
It takes two-thirds of the Senate vote to remove the president from office, while Republicans have 53 votes, while Democrats have 47.
Each side is expected to make closing arguments at Friday’s session before the Senate votes on the call for witnesses. If witnesses are not called, the Senate must hold a final vote on the charges against the president.
If Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer fails to get the vote to be postponed, and he hinted on January 30 that he will try to do so, Trump is expected to be acquitted on January 31.
Bolton is last chance
John Bolton, a former national security adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, said the US leader linked the delay in military aid to Ukraine with the investigation into the son of his political rival Joe Biden.
This is stated in the unpublished manuscript of Bolton’s book, which he distributed to his associates. A draft of the book was also sent to the White House. This is required by standard procedure. The book outlines roughly what a former Trump adviser might tell if he is summoned to impeachment proceedings.
According to the ex-adviser, Trump personally spoke about the delay of 391 million defense aid last August. The book also says that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged that there is no reason to consider the then Ambassador of the States in Ukraine Marie Jovanovic corrupt. That’s what Trump’s lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, claimed.
Commenting on the July conversation between the Us president and Vladimir Green, Bolton expressed concern to Attorney General William Barr about the mention of Trump’s lawyer. The latter “conducted a shadow policy towards Ukraine.”
During the meeting, where the trip to Kiev for the inauguration of Zelensky was discussed, the head of the White House criticized Ukraine. In his opinion, Ukrainian officials wanted to “damage him”. He recalled the conspiracy theory that Ukraine was involved in hacking Democrats’ emails in the 2016 election.
Trump has denied reports that Bolton has linked the delay in military aid to Ukraine’s investigation into Joe Biden’s son.
“I never told John Bolton that Ukraine’s assistance was related to the investigation of Democrats, including Biden. In fact, he never complained about it during his public dismissal. If John Bolton said that, it’s just to sell the book. With that said, the transcripts of my calls with President Greensky are all necessary confirmations, except that the President and the Foreign Minister of Ukraine have stated that there is no pressure and no problems,” Trump said.
Under pressure from Bolton’s words, the US president’s defense has changed strategy in the Senate judiciary and now insists that even if Donald Trump used military aid to pressure Ukraine for his own personal interests, it could not be grounds for impeachment.
The logic behind this argument is that Trump sees his re-election as a public boon for the country – so everything he does to win the election is in the national interest.
At a Senate hearing, one of the president’s defense attorneys, Professor and Lawyer Alan Dershowitz said that each politician linked his interests with the interests of the public.
“And if the president has done something that he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, it cannot be the type of quid pro quo through which impeachment is announced,” he said.
What Americans Think
53% of U.S. voters think that President Donald Trump is telling a lie about his actions related to Ukraine.
40% of voters fully trust the president on this issue.
Fifty-seven percent of voters would like President Trump to provide more details about his actions related to Ukraine. Thirty-eight percent of voters think the explanations provided by the president are sufficient.
Fifty-four percent of voters believe Trump abused power over his actions against Ukraine, while 42 percent believe there was no abuse.
According to 52% of voters, the Trump administration’s delay in American aid to Ukraine was not justified, while 34% consider it justified.
Despite his impeachment trial, Trump has the highest approval rating since taking office. Forty-three percent of voters approve of his job performance, while 52 percent disapprove of his performance.
The survey was conducted on January 22-27, 2020 by a survey of 1,905 voters across the country.