Impeachment Isn’t Merited

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By Ben Shapiro

President Trump is a bull in a china shop. He says inadvisable things to inadvisable people, mainly because he is inadvisable — literally no one can advise him. The vast majority of things Trump says are ignored or brushed off by those who understand the difference between bloviation and manipulation. Still, Trump’s constant stream of noise can make it difficult to tell the difference between the two.

So when an intelligence community whistleblower came forward with an allegation that, on a call with the Ukrainian president, Trump proposed a quid pro quo with the Ukrainian government — release of military aid in exchange for a Ukrainian investigation into Joe Biden and son Hunter Biden — the allegation didn’t appear absurd on its face. The timeline, after all, seemed to match up: Trump allegedly suspended military aid to Ukraine personally a week before talking with the Ukrainian president, only to release the aid after the holdup was met with public scrutiny.

Then, the Trump administration released a transcript of the call, in which Trump used the typical New York real estate wheeler-dealer language of favors: favors related to investigations surrounding CrowdStrike, the firm tasked with analyzing the hack of the Democratic National Committee in 2016, an investigation that concluded with allegations of Russian interference; favors related to helping Rudy Giuliani investigate the origins of the 2016 Trump-Russia investigation; favors related to investigating the Bidens. The theory seemed to be gaining credibility.

Then it seemed to fall apart. It turned out that the Ukrainian government apparently had no clue that Trump was even withholding military aid — and without such a quid , there couldn’t be a pro quo . The Ukrainian president publicly proclaimed that Trump hadn’t pressured him. The whistleblower report turned out to be third-hand gossip rather than first-hand information. And allegations of a cover-up imploded as the Trump administration released information ranging from the transcript to the whistleblower report itself.

 

And so, Democrats have begun to move the goalposts. Now Democrats are claiming that the State Department is engaged in obstruction, just minutes after claiming that Trump's Department of Justice had engaged in obstruction. Democrats allege that Trump's behavior — without allegations of criminal conduct — is enough to justify impeachment. Now, after Trump predictably took to Twitter to rail against the whistleblower and the Democrats, Democrats claim his behavior amounts to "witness intimidation."

As the grounds for the impeachment inquiry broaden, it's becoming clear that the Democrats' enthusiasm for impeachment outweighed their supporting evidence. They leapt before they looked — and now they're trying to backfill an impeachment inquiry that must end with an impeachment vote or lay bare the emptiness of the original attacks themselves.

Perhaps Democrats will come up with something. That's always possible, given the amount of leaking and loose talk around the White House. But barring some sort of cataclysmic revelation, the impeachment effort seems to be stalling out. And based on the current evidence, it should.

9 thoughts on “Impeachment Isn’t Merited”

  1. Finally someone says it. Impeachment is NOT merited. Look back at Barack O he is the one that has created this mess. Charge him with Treason now. i

    1. “Patience Grasshopper, Now snatch the pallet of cash from my hand…. ahhh too late.” “Grasshopper, have I told you the story of the Pot and the Kettle?” “Yes Master, but what of the Emperor in the Glass Castle who hurled stones at the Good Shepherd?” “Yes Grasshopper, that too fits within the lessons I am teaching you today.” “But Master, the bad man got away, what am I to learn from such a story?” “Again Grasshopper you must be patient as the truth shall be revealed on the ninth day of the twelfth month.” “Yes Master, your wisdom is always the brightest thing in the room, especially next to that man over there with a neck like a rice noodle.”

  2. Trump is an incompetent POTUS and our country does not need a bull in a China cabinet. He was clearly acting on a real estate deal i.e. you give me this and I will give you that. It is the only way he knows how to negotiate. Just the appearance of a quid-pro-quo is enough to impeach him. We can’t afford to have him making deals for himself. We need him making deals for our country.

    1. John – you anti-Trumper, are wrong. He DID NOT hold back military support ( he never even said this! ) for an investigation into the CROOKED JOE BIDEN AFFAIR! IN FACT, TRUMP SAID, “NO QUID PRO QUO!” You, like the Demonrats, are making this up – no proof of this whatsoever. He simply wanted to make sure that Ukraine was still NOT CORRUPTED before he gave the aid ( which Obama didn’t! ). BTW, even if what you claim is true (which it isn’t ), this is NOT against the law or impeachable! Your Liberal, Demonrat Dershowitz, even said nothing Trump did is illegal or impeachable. So there! You are wrong, wrong, wrong! The evil, immoral, indecent, vile, despicable, biased, unfair, inquisitor, Nazi, king, dictator, etc., Schitt, needs to expire for his horrible misdeeds against our president! JUST PRETEND TRUMP IS A DEMOCRAT – LIKE OBAMA OR THE RAPIST, YOU WOULD BE SAYING HE IS INNOCENT, INNOCENT, INNOCENT!

    2. Hey John, exactly how ignorant are you? I guess that’s a silly question as if you can’t see the truth in front of your face how would you be able to even comprehend things so far beyond your mental capabilities.

  3. I cannot wait to vote for Trump again! He is possibly the best president we have ever had! Even the 2020 Dems running for president cannot criticize his economic success for our country! My family is thousands of dollars richer due to his efforts, less paid in taxes and an increase in money received from bank interest – something the incompetent Obama couldn’t do!!
    Trump did nothing wrong or impeachable on his call – even the Schitt witnesses all said that!
    I hope that the Republicans impeach a Democrat president in the future, simply for political reasons! LET’S SEE HOW THEY LIKE IT!

  4. During the past 10 days I’ve seen multiple surveys indicating STRONG support for Trump and 99% of our customers, readers, friends & neighbors have indicated their support for Mr. Trump. The more the Left belittles him, the stronger his support. Secondly, none of us want a socialist in office [we should dump the ones who are already infecting Congress].

  5. Really !!! The Demorats are such screw ups. Judging from, what could jokingly be called, the previous “administration”, and how they screwed up the economy, foreign relations, Ukraine, Russia “reset”, Benghazi, Syria, etc,, etc., etc., they couldn’t shed the PC twist to their thinking and evaluation of feedback if OUR lives depended on it. Now that may be an exaggeration at their time and point of thunderfooted action, but it certainly did bode ill for then-near future, sans the Trump interjection. The comparison of competencies is only lost in the rabid response of both the Demorat, and their propaganda arm MSM, as they Dervish their way to another Russia Collusion debacle. Too bad the support from their voting block has become so insanely self-destructive, given their exercising of their PC “logic”.

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