So, Trumps legal team just responded to the impeachment and denies breaking any laws.
Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine, stating that it is so until Ukraine investigates Biden. Biden happens to be son of Trumps biggest competitor with most hope to earn nomination to run against trump in 2020. Trump refused to cooperate with investigation of this negotiation with Ukraine.
So, suppose Hitler was an American with Trump as president. Nobody would question him for trading military strategic dealings for that foreign country to find evidence of Hitlers bad acts. I guess my feeling is that this type of executive action can be justifiable. Just because Hitler is a political opponent of Trump, doesn’t mean he can’t break laws or be evil. Also, since the action is military related, it seems also plausible that its secrecy has strategic value–for the country. The complexity of the problem arise in that we, ordinary civilians, are not privy to the entire scope of global military affairs. We don’t really know the direct or indirect effects the withholding of aid has on our allies and global geopolitics. I mean, it may even have been a ruse to delay the aid for some other reason that we are still not aware of.
I guess it would be simpler if we knew whether the Bidens were Hitlers. That doesn’t excuse a political act on Trump’s part, but at least it’s hard to demonstrate damages when you successfully investigates Hitler. Another matter is universality. It seems conceivable that if we read all of Trumps briefings and found there were similar evidence for a Republican citizen Hitler with similarly suspicious offenses as Biden, and he did not act to incite foreign investigation of the Republican Hitler, then clearly he acted against the country driven by political motivations.
But one has to argue to the Republican response brief that if Trump is allowed to perform clearly politics motivated acts using power of his office, Congress is equally allowed exercise its power to impeach despite appearances of politics-based motivations.
And honestly, the more important point is what trump responded to these… Everyone on the hill does this kind of dealings. I mean seriously, if they are all doing it, we should impeach trump and then make each of them pay for not acting in the interest of America.
I guess there’s the conundrum. If they are all doing it, Trump will be held innocent, due to Senators’ own self serving politics.