Whether Democrats should or shouldn’t pursue impeachment of President Donald Trump has been an ongoing debate within the party. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, although vehemently critical of the president much of the time, has stressed that she has no desire to impeach Trump — whereas Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan has called for Democrats to “impeach the motherf*cker.”
But historian Jasmin Bath, in a May 13 article for the Washington Post, asserts that Democrats could use special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report for the Russia investigation to doom Trump’s presidency even if they don’t pursue impeachment.
Bath opens her article by explaining why Democrats consider impeachment politically risky: when Republicans tried to remove President Bill Clinton from office via the impeachment process in 1998/1999, it backfired and Clinton’s approval ratings increased. Democrats, she writes, “don’t want to lose the 2020 presidential election because voters felt Trump was unfairly persecuted.” However, Bath stresses that Democrats could use Mueller’s report to sink Trump’s presidency with an anti-corruption message — and the historian uses the events of 1860 to make her point.
Back in 1860, when Democrat James Buchanan was president, the GOP (which was a new party at the time) didn’t pursue impeachment — although Republicans used an anti-corruption message to tar and feather Buchanan. Bath notes that the Covode Committee, led by Republican Rep. John Covode, “produced a detailed majority report that exposed the crimes of the Democratic Party and the president himself.” Abraham Lincoln won 1860’s presidential election and in 1861, was sworn in as the United States’ first Republican president.
The history lesson for Democrats in 2019, according to Bath, is that just as the Republicans and anti-Buchanan Democrats of 1860 used the Covode report to their political advantage, Trump’s presidency can be sunk with a message that he is untrustworthy.
“Although Trump promised to ‘drain the swamp’ and eliminate corruption in Washington, the Mueller report reveals that Trump did not make any attempt to purify politics,” Bath writes. “Instead, he further contaminated them. Therefore, Democrats can ask whether he can be trusted to serve in the interests of the people. This is similar to the argument made by Republicans in 1860…. If the Covode report could help ruin a presidency in 1860, the Mueller report might just do the same in 2020—and lead to a Democratic victory.”
Iran accuses foreign forces of raising Gulf ‘insecurity’ — but doesn’t mention Trump by name
President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday denounced the presence of foreign forces in the Gulf and said Iran will present a peace plan, after its arch-foe Washington ordered reinforcements to the tense region.
"Foreign forces can cause problems and insecurity for our people and for our region," Rouhani said before a military parade commemorating the Iran-Iraq war.
Rouhani also said Iran would present a peace plan to the United Nations within days.
"In this sensitive and important historical moment, we announce to our neighbours that we extend the hand of friendship and brotherhood to them," he said.
Trump holds mass rally with Indian Prime Minister that was more like a campaign event than official one
US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declared themselves united in a relentless fight against "terrorism," vowing a close, personal alliance in front of tens of thousands of Indian-Americans.
The two leaders, like-minded nationalists fond of fiery rallies and skeptical of traditional media, heaped praise on each other in an unusual joint appearance inside a football stadium in Houston.
To the bhangra beats of four drummers in saffron turbans, Trump in his dark suit and Modi in a yellow kurta and vest made a grand entrance with arms clenched together to ecstatic cheers from a crowd estimated by organizers at 50,000.
Here’s how the law governing whistleblowers applies to the Trump Ukraine complaint
This week it was revealed that President Donald Trump did something so concerning that an intelligence staffer felt the need to report the incident and file for whistleblower protections.
Trump asked Ukraine to look into scandals about former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter. For nearly a year, Trump's former attorney Rudy Giuliani was admittedly working to persuade officials in Ukraine to find "dirt" on the Bidens that they could use in the election. While the accusations against the younger Biden have been disproven, it's suspected, but not confirmed, that this was the incident detailed in the complaint.