Get Ready for Trial and Tribulations

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By Jackie Gingrich Cushman

If you are among the 86% of Americans who believe that our polarizing political environment represents a threat to our country, get ready; it's about to get worse. The announcement this Tuesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that "the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry, (and I am) directing our six committees to proceed with their investigations under that umbrella of impeachment inquiry," is one that many Democrats have been yearning for since President Donald Trump was elected in November 2016.

Pelosi was probably not happy when a Quinnipiac University poll (surveying 1,337 registered voters nationwide from Sept.19-23) released the next day that only 37% of voters supported an impeachment of Trump, with a clear majority of 57% saying Trump should not be impeached. While she may have made the base of the Democratic Party happy, her decision to proceed will not expand that base. Many Republicans have concluded that the impeachment inquiry is a sign that Democrats in Congress are losing their minds; they predict that the resulting blowback will hurt the Democrats.

On Wednesday, the White House released the transcript of Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. While it did involve discussion of an investigation into potential corruption by Hunter Biden, son of Democratic primary presidential candidate Joe Biden, and a Ukrainian company, there was no quid pro quo.

 

 

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