When it comes time for the American people to make a judgement on the validity of this UkraineGate conspiracy investigation, the character of the individuals involved will certainly be playing a rather large role.
We The People are not necessarily interested in the mathematical version of this political theater, and don’t believe that impeachment should occur just because it could occur. Rather, we are interested in whether or not our votes will continue to count in this land of the free.
In particular, we want to make sure that Donald Trump, who we voted into office in order to break down the Washington machine, remains where we placed him, and that he isn’t removed from his position based on partisan hackery and a desire to undo the 2016 election.
Based on the views of the attorney for a whistleblower at the heart of the UkraineGate case, we may not be so lucky.
Mark Zaid, one of the attorneys representing the intelligence community whistleblower at the center of the Democrats’ ongoing impeachment inquiry, tweeted conspicuously in January 2017 that a “coup has started” and that “impeachment will follow ultimately.”
Then, in July 2017, Zaid remarked, “I predict @CNN will play a key role in @realDonaldTrump not finishing out his full term as president.” Also that month, Zaid tweeted, “We will get rid of him, and this country is strong enough to survive even him and his supporters.”
Amid a slew of impeachment-related posts, Zaid assured his Twitter followers that “as one falls, two more will take their place,” apparently referring to Trump administration employees who defy the White House. Zaid promised that the “coup” would occur in “many steps.”
The tweets, which came shortly after President Trump fired then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates for failing to defend federal laws in court, are likely to fuel Republican concerns that the anonymous whistleblower’s complaint is tainted with partisanship. Trump’s call with Ukraine’s leader, which is the subject of the complaint, occurred in July 2019.
This is certainly not a good look for the Democrats, who have long insisted that impeachment was a “somber” affair that they had “no choice” but to conduct, due to the Constitution.
The American people will be the final judge and jury on the legacy of this congressional chaos, and having heavily partisan participants steering the ship surely doesn’t bode well for impartiality.
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