On Sept. 24, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi began a formal impeachment inquiry in President Donald Trump. As many Democrats have doubled-down on the effort in the time since, so has Trump.
“The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLSHIT, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306,” tweeted Trump on Oct. 2. “Get a better candidate this time, you’ll need it!”
This began when a White House whistleblower released news that Trump had called for Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former vice president and current presidential hopeful Joe Biden, alongside his son Hunter Biden. This alone, which has been seen as illegal meddling in the upcoming 2020 election, has caused outrage throughout the country.
In the time since, Trump has called for the removal of the United States ambassador to Ukraine, an IRS official announced that an official in the Treasury Department attempted to interfere with a tax audit of the president, and it was discovered that Trump also requested help from Australia in discrediting the Mueller investigation. On Oct. 3, Trump publicly called for China to look into Biden as well.
“As President I have an obligation to end CORRUPTION, even if that means requesting the help of a foreign country or countries. It is done all the time,” tweeted Trump on Oct. 4. “This has NOTHING to do with politics or a political campaign against the Bidens. This does have to do with their corruption!”
Democrats have been outspoken about the whistleblower complaint and Trump’s actions in recent weeks. House leaders have now subpoenaed the White House and are calling for the release of documents relating to the whistleblower complaint. While many Republicans who support Trump have stayed quiet, some have started to speak out.
“When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China’s investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated,” tweeted Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah). Trump tweeted in response, lashing out recalling Romney’s presidential loss against President Obama in 2016.
Trump has announced that he will be formally objecting to any impeachment inquiries. While Trump has remained at the center of allegations, Vice President Mike Pence may be implicated. While Pence himself was not on the original call to Ukraine, one of his top advisors was and Pence himself would have received a transcript or detailed notes of the call soon after, according to White House officials. However, some officials claim that Pence was unaware of any activities such as these. While records on Ukraine have been requested from him, Pence’s office indicated that he may not comply with the request.
At this time, as the House of Representatives continues its investigation, Oct. 15 and 18 deadlines for various documents from the White House.
Since the start of the allegations, Trump’s language and behavior has become more and more heated. NPR found an increase in words such as “coup” and “treason” when analyzing Trump’s recent statements. Videos also went viral of Trump during a joint press conference with the President of Finland, President Sauli Niinistö, when a reporter asked about Trump’s correspondance with Ukraine. Trump responded by demanding the reporter turn his attention to Niinistö, asking the reporter “Did you hear me?” and telling him, “Don’t be rude” as Niinistö can be heard laughing in the background.
Some have called the interaction a meltdown or “tantrum” on Trump’s part, as The Guardian published in an article about Trump’s recent press conferences, titled “Donald Trump’s bizarre press day was a full-blown impeachment tantrum”.