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It Is Looking Like The Senate Should Call Witnesses (Sung to the Tune of “Its Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas)
With developing news about Donald Trump’s conduct with Ukraine, the Senate needs to call witnesses:
Trump asked about Ukraine aid before call | Bloomberg
(Bloomberg) -- New documents show President Donald Trump asked about U.S. military aid to Ukraine a month before the call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that went on to trigger the impeachment investigation into Trump.
The heavily-redacted documents, obtained under a Freedom of Information request by the Center for Public Integrity, also show that administration officials ordered a hold on the aid about an hour after the leaders’ call on July 25.
Trump asked about a June 19 article in the Washington Examiner newspaper referencing the aid. Michael Duffey, an official at the Office of Management and Budget, wrote to the Pentagon requesting more detail about the funding, according to an email from Duffey to the Pentagon comptroller.
“The President has asked about this funding release, and I have been tasked to follow-up with someone over there to get more detail.”
An email from Duffey to Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist on July 25, shortly after the Trump-Zelensky phone call, expressed uneasiness about the hold.
“Given the sensitive nature of the request, I appreciate your keeping that information closely held to those who need to know,” Duffey wrote.
Think about the impeachment hearings as a grand jury. In the grand jury setting the defendant does not appear nor does the defendant testify. The grand jury considers evidence to support the elements of a charge, if the witnesses and evidence support the charge an indictment is issued. Thereafter, there can be a trial where additional evidence and testimony not presented at the grand jury level can be presented.
In the impeachment setting the same holds true, except impeachment does not have to be based on a crime that can be prosecuted in court. However, after Articles of Impeachment are issued and a Senate trial is set, additional witnesses and facts can be considered.
Considering this Bloomberg report, and other reports coming to light, witnesses and additional evidence needs to be presented and considered.
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