In a tweet this Monday morning, President Trump shared a link from the Daily Mail which highlighted recent comments from Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, who suggested in an interview that Trump didn’t set any sort of quid pro quo agreement in exchange for releasing millions in military aid in exchange for Ukraine launching an investigation into his political rivals.
“Thank you to President Zelensky,” Trump tweeted. “Case over. The Do Nothing Democrats should finally go back to work!”
But in the comment thread beneath his tweet, many found Trump’s “case over” declaration to be laughable.
Don’t pick Rudy. 😱
— SeanWhite (@seanwhiter) December 2, 2019
If case is over then go to the hearings so you can defend yourself.
— ScreamingChicken (@ScremingChicken) December 2, 2019
— Jack Polakoff (@JackPolakoff) December 2, 2019
Except for those very credible witnesses and pesky facts.
— saratoga grandma (@SaratogaGrandma) December 2, 2019
— DJK Esq. (@deejayquai) December 2, 2019
Sadly you can’t read lil man ..It’s not what he said .. He said
You have to understand. We’re at war. If you’re our strategic partner, then you can’t go blocking anything for us.”
— Renegade Cowboy🐾🐾 🌊⚓️🌊🐾🐾 (@Rene_gadeCowboy) December 2, 2019
Wrong. Zelensky’s quote makes clear he knew he had no real choice given the realities of the ongoing war with Russia and desperate need for US foreign aid.
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) December 2, 2019
Fact check: Zelenskiy did not say this.
Here’s what he said:
“You have to understand. We’re at war. If you’re our strategic partner, then you can’t go blocking anything for us.”
— LaurieGalle (@lgalle22) December 2, 2019
You might want to reread that interview Skippy.
— Dudknee (@dudney_dennis) December 2, 2019
This is an out and out lie by @realDonaldTrump.
— ONE (@OneBmac) December 2, 2019
GOP governors are refusing to do Trump’s bidding and ducking him on the campaign trail: report
On Saturday, Maggie Haberman of The New York Times profiled how President Donald Trump is having less luck whipping Republican governors into line than Republican senators, including governors who arguably owe their election to his support.
"In Florida, Mr. Trump’s aides helped save the flailing candidacy of Ron DeSantis in the 2018 Republican primary, and then the general election," wrote Haberman. "Also last year, in Georgia, Mr. Trump helped pull Brian Kemp over the finish line in both the primary and the general election. In both cases, Mr. Trump’s advisers implored him to stay out of the primaries, and he agreed to — only to surprise his aides by jumping in to support Mr. DeSantis and Mr. Kemp."
Courts have avoided refereeing between Congress and the president — Trump may change all that
President Donald Trump’s refusal to hand over records to Congress and allow executive branch employees to provide information and testimony to Congress during the impeachment battle is the strongest test yet of legal principles that over the past 200 years have not yet been fully defined by U.S. courts.
It’s not the first test: Struggles over power among the political branches predate our Constitution. The framers chose not to, and probably could not, fully resolve them.
Giuliani’s latest trip to Ukraine opened a new door for prosecutors to go after Trump: MSNBC analyst
On MSNBC Saturday afternoon, legal analyst Danny Cevallos explained how Rudy Giuliani's trip to Ukraine to produce anti-impeachment propaganda could end up harming his legal position — by muddying attorney-client privilege with President Donald Trump.
"The only path to legitimacy is if there was a true corruption threat in Ukraine, and specifically if Hunter Biden and Burisma posed a true corruption threat," said Cevallos. "That is why Rudy Giuliani is in Ukraine. He's building that case. So that he can show, bring a news network there, right-leaning news network to do a documentary or investigate this issue and yield factual information that Rudy Giuliani can point to and say, this corruption, this evidence, these facts show that President trump was warranted in requesting an investigation, not generally into corruption, specifically into Hunter Biden. It's the only path that will work for Republicans that passes even remotely any kind of smell test. Even then, it's a bit of a stretch."