Let’s preface all of the information going to be addressed by making sure everyone understands the legal definitions of what is being currently discussed.
|Quid Pro Quo is the mutual consideration that passes between two parties to a contractual agreement, thereby rendering the agreement valid and binding.|
|Whistleblower is an employee who alleges wrongdoing by his or her employer of the sort that violates public law or tends to injure a considerable number of people. Whistleblowers often relay information to law enforcement and other government agencies|
These terms are important due to a whistleblower complaint that was submitted on Aug 12, 2019 but first revealed of its existence to the public on Sept 15, 2019 to the public by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (R-Calif.). The current Inspector General, Michael E. Horrowitz, found that the whistleblower complaint was an “urgent concern” that “appears credible.”
The Inspector General also wrote to the Acting Director of the National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on Aug 25, 2019 detailing the whistleblower’s allegation of President Donald Trump asking the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to interfere with the upcoming 2020 presidential election during their July 25 phone call.
However, despite being found to have “urgent concern” Maguire refused to turn over the whistleblower’s complaint over to the House Committee because the complaint appeared to have “matters of executive privilege.”
This caused House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff to issue a subpoena to Maguire to forward the whistleblower complaint to Congress. In a letter to Maguire that accompanied the subpoena, Schiff wrote that if Maguire didn’t forward the complaint to Congress by Sept 17 that he would have to appear in a public hearing on Sept 19.
As news was spreading over his alleged inappropriate phone call with Zelensky, Trump began tweeting while at United Nations for the General Assembly on Sept 24, 2019 that the call between the two leaders was “totally appropriate.” The phone call comes after the holding of $391 million dollars in aid that Ukraine is using to fight the conflict it has been embroiled in with Russia since 2014. This withholding of funds prompts the accusations that Trump was involved in a “Quid Pro Quo” situation.
The phone call shows that Trump wanted to force Ukraine officials to
- investigate Joe Biden “stopping the prosecution” of Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma. This comes when the U.S. government threatened to withhold a 1 billion dollar loan guarantee unless Victor Shokin, then Ukrainian Prosecutor General, was removed from office. Hunter Biden’s appointment to the board of directors of Burisma Holdings raised questions of a conflict of interest and whether Joe Biden had any involvement in his appointment. This was likely an effort to dig up dirt on the former-Vice President and 2020 opponent, Joe Biden.
However, at the time of Hunter Biden’s appointment, White House spokesperson Jay Carney absolved the idea of it being a conflict of interest saying, “Hunter Biden and other members of the Biden family are obviously private citizens, and where they work does not reflect an endorsement by the administration or by the vice president or president. “
Trump has continued to press for information regarding whether or not Shokin was removed from office due to Hunter Biden taking a position with Barisma Holdings. He tweeted on Sept 25 “insisting on transparency from Joe Biden and his son Hunter.”
This prompted Biden to take to Twitter to denounce the allegations and claim that Trump wanted Ukraine to “manufacture a smear” against him because they were running against each other in the 2020 presidential race.
- to work with personal lawyer, Mr. Giuliani, and Attorney General Mr. Barr
- wanting Ukrainian officials to further investigate Crowdstrike. Crowdstrike was the cybersecurity firm that the Democratic National Convention used to investigate the 2016 hacks. They are based in Sunnydale, Calif. and also have an office in Arlington, Va. and was founded by George Hurtz (current CEO) and Dmitri Alperovitch (current CTO).
Nancy Pelosi responded by announcing that the House of Representatives were launching an impeachment inquiry into Trump’s actions and statements regarding the call.
This impeachment inquiry held by the House of Representatives will assess whether or not Trump has violated his oath of office and has enough evidence of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors to write up the impeachment articles. If the Democrat controlled House decides to impeach Trump then the Senate would have to hold a trial to either convict or acquit him. However, it’s important to note that the Republican controlled Senate could possibly just decide to refuse to hold the impeachment trial.