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Ukraine Scandal shows the Squad was Right about Impeaching Trump, & they're Telling the Dems so

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Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mi) was widely castigated for saying, virtually as soon as she was elected, that it was necessary to impeach Trump (she used a colorful epithet in doing so, which some observers said made a bad impression, even though rich old white guys speak like that all the time and it is dismissed as locker-room talk).

The Trump Ukraine scandal should be the straw that broke the camel's back (on top of all the other scandals, including trying to obstruct justice by ordering aides to fire special counsel Bob Mueller; it is irrelevant that the aides declined).

In other words, Tlaib, for all the vilification she has faced, was right. Impeachment talk is back. She is one of four young women of color in Congress elected in 2018, collectively known as "the squad." And the squad knows they were right about impeachment and Nancy Pelosi is wrong. Nancy Pelosi could well end up with a second Trump term, and she is more interested in keeping a House Democratic majority than in seeing that Trump does not destroy the Republic.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, another member of the Squad, wrote at Twitter:

    "At this point, the bigger national scandal isn't the president's lawbreaking behavior it is the Democratic Party's refusal to impeach him for it."

Then she added,

    "It is one thing for a sitting president to break the law. It's another to let him.

    The integrity of our democracy isn't threatened when a president breaks the law. It's threatened when we do nothing about it.

    The GOP's silence & refusal to act shouldn't be a surprise. Ours is."

We know what Tlaib thinks about impeaching Trump, and Ukraine did nothing to dissuade her, she has been retweeting the revelations at her personal account.

Ayana Pressley also wants to impeach Brett Kavanaugh.

Mainstream Democrats have attempted to marginalize the Squad, since half of Democrats are relatively conservative and 3/4 of the country is to their right.

The Squad does not agree with Nancy Pelosi about Democratic vulnerability in 2020, and thinks there will be an even bigger blue wave than in 2018, which will sweep conservatives from power and shift the country left. They may or may not be right about that. But if 2020 is indeed another 2008, then it would be foolish to p*ssy-foot around with Trump and stay cautious, when you could win the whole enchilada.

 

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Just impeaching Trump, and co-conspirator ally Pence, will not remove Trump/Pence from office. Clinton was impeached. That did no good. He stayed on.

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Oh yes - "not so fast", Pelosi, who has "the final say" on "impeaching Trump", has refused to impeach two Republican presidents on her two Speaker of the House "watches - W Bush, with his thirty five Articles of Impeachment pending "on her watch" for Hearings in the House ("none") and Trial/Voting in the Senate ("none")/Trump ("propensity to govern by decree"), with potentially twenty 23 Articles of Impeachment" drawn up. Obviously, Pelosi prefers "investigating" rather than "impeaching" Trump - for W Bush, however, she did not even bother to "investigate" him. For Pelosi, it seems to be all about the "political capital and favor" of the president. "Keep Our Republic" - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Well, another tail wagging the dog here. Impeachment of any President in the current state of criminal cabals ruling our country is not a fix but a diversion of divide and conquer, by the very nature that got us here.

We have had discussions about the corruption of both (the fix is always in) political parties. As far as the Ukraine Biden & son issue/s we have been having this discussion since 2014 and pointing out the corruption regarding the Ukraine and the Oligarchs both in Ukraine and the US State Department and NGO's involvement in their theft of the Ukrainian Sovereignty, Treasure, Commons and Inalienable Rights.

By revisiting how this scandal surfaced, it is more likely that the principal casualty could be the former vice president.

In May 2016, Joe Biden, as Barack Obama's designated point man on Ukraine, flew to Kiev to inform President Petro Poroshenko that a billion-dollar U.S. loan guarantee had been approved to enable Kiev to continue to service its mammoth debt.

But, said Biden, the aid was conditional. There was a quid pro quo.

If Poroshenko's regime did not fire its chief prosecutor in six hours, Biden would fly home and Ukraine would get no loan guarantee from the US. "Ukraine capitulated instantly", said Joe, reveling in his pro-consul role.

Yet, left out of Biden's drama about how he dropped the hammer on a corrupt Ukrainian prosecutor was this detail. Although at the time I as well as others were exposing and discussing the corruption and those involved including the Ukrainian Oligarchs, US politicians and NGO's.

The prosecutor had been investigating Burisma Holdings, the biggest gas company in Ukraine. And right after the U.S.-backed coup that ousted the pro-Russian government in Kiev, and after Joe Biden had been given the lead on foreign aid for Ukraine, Burisma had installed on its board, at $50,000 a month, Hunter Biden, the son of the vice president.

Joe Biden claims that, though he was point man in the battle on corruption in Ukraine, he was unaware his son was raking in hundreds of thousands from one of the companies being investigated.

Biden on Saturday said, "I have never spoken to my son about his various business dealings."

Is this credible? Really.

Submitted on Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019 at 2:13:32 PM

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en garde, George - ON POINT.

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Trump works for the rich and that means he would never be impeached without matter what he does. He literally said he could stand in the middle of fifth avenue, shoot someone and he would not lose any voters. He has the power of the rich behind himself.

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We broke Ukraine, now we own it. The US, IMF and EU have been meddling in Ukrainian politics ever since.

Trump asking Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden is mudslinging as usual in politics (e.g. the Steele dossier), but Biden furnished the mud.

I fail to see how Trump was a national security risk by this. It was just business as usual.

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This is how an intelligent, unselfish and thoughtful person responded to the moromnic impeachment calls"and why she is the ONLY one we should consider for president:

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Apparently democrats are so obsessed with assuaging their moral outrage over the p*ssy grabber that they would remove the only obstacle preventing massive devastation in Syria and Iran on the order of Clinton's rape of Libya: Trump's bizarre distaste for intervention.

Political reality never quite comports with a black and white take on a moral universe.

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