Trump considers reputation blow to be fraud
U.S. President Donald Trump, commenting on the impeachment process started by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, stated: "We can never let this happen."
"What's going on now is the single greatest scam in the history of American politic. The Democrats want to take away your guns, they want to take away your health care, they want to take away your vote, they want to take away your freedom. They want to take away everything. We can never let this happen. We’re fighting to drain the swamp... It's all very simple, they're trying to stop me because I'm fighting for you - and I'll never let that happen," Trump said in a video on Twitter. The U.S. president stressed that "the United States is at stake" in the opposition launched by the Democrats, but his opponents seem okay with it.
Meanwhile, observers tend to compare what is happening with the major Watergate scandal. Back then, the Republicans' attempt to learn more about the plans and actions of the Democrats through wiretapping and spying turned out to be a disaster for them - the first and last time the U.S. president was forced to resign early.
Donald Trump, according to most forecasts, will save his seat. But winning the election and staying for a second presidential term will be noticeably more difficult for him. He still holds on, but prominent people resign. Moreover, if Trump sacrificed National Security Advisor John Bolton himself, saying subsequently that Bolton’s advice and actions were mostly unsuccessful, then special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker was withdrawn from the arena under pressure. It seems like by democrats.
According to CNN, which cited several sources in the presidential administration, Walker resigned his position after the anonymous complaint went public. It is known that it concerned the phone talk between Trump and President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky. Volker's resignation came as a surprise to many in Washington. In any case, the State Department did not respond to a request for comment, although, as a rule, it reacts promptly. It can be assumed that Volker acted to a certain extent spontaneously, without consulting with the "senior comrades." Perhaps the official decided to leave "to prevent a larger fire," to hide his "skeletons in the closet." It is possible that Volker will succeed in it, and they won’t be especially "chased," but his resignation may not save the Republican Party from further shocks. The order to familiarize and analyze the essence of the conversation between Trump and Zelensky was given to six special committees of the House of Representatives, which is controlled by the Democrats, and they will not put the brakes on it. On the contrary, they will do everything to inflict a solid reputation damage on the Republican Party.
It is already known that prominent persons were called to testify on the scandal. On October 2, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch will appear before Congressmen. The next day, she will be replaced by Kurt Volker himself. Next in line are: October 7 - U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent, October 8 - State Department Advisor Ulrich Brechbuhl, and October 10 - U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.
All the fuss was over a U.S. intelligence officer's complaint to the House of Representatives special intelligence committee. It was about the meeting of Volker and Sondland with President Zelensky after his phone call with Trump. Zelensky and other Ukrainian authorities were allegedly given instructions on investigative actions against the Burisma gas company with ties to Hunter Biden, a son of former Vice President Joe Biden, an obvious rival to Trump in the upcoming election campaign.
Biden’s excessive activity in Ukraine, which had just survived another revolution, provoked open bewilderment once. But it began to be perceived as an everyday thing after information was leaked that his son was interested in shale gas projects, on which Kiev had relied for some time, trying to reduce the degree of energy dependence on Russia. In the post-Soviet space, such scenarios have not been considered anything special for a long time, but are often taken for granted. That is far from being the case in the U.S., where the Republicans decided to “get rid of” a dangerous competitor with a help of a non-political family scandal. However, this scenario so far works rather against them than against Biden.