Once again, American spy services, those in the so-called deep state, are the headache of President Donald Trump. At the end of last week, an agent of these intelligence services announced that, during a call made last July, President Trump pressed his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelenski, to investigate Hunt Biden, son of Joe Biden , for alleged corruption practices when he worked for a Ukrainian gas company. Recall that Joe Biden is one of the pointers in the Democratic race for the presidential candidacy for the 2020 elections.
If these statements were true, Trump would have used the US presidency to coerce a foreign government to take domestic policy actions, with a clear political purpose, to diminish Joe Biden’s chances of competing for the presidency. This would be enough reason to start a political trial against Donald Turmp. However, the president of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, has consistently refused to initiate this process in the face of accusations of collusion between Trump and the Russian government during the 2016 elections.
Pelosi fears that starting a political trial process at this time, in the face of next year’s presidential elections, may further divide the Democrats and the electorate. What could cause, in the first place, that a political trial did not end with Trump’s impeachment; and, secondly, the failure of the Democrats in the 2020 elections.
Even so, several candidates for the Democratic presidential candidacy have already expressed their support for bringing Trump to political trial. Among them, Elizabeth Warren who, according to polls published on Saturday, is already in the lead in Iowa, and Julian Castro, whose brother is a Representative for Texas. Joe Biden, meanwhile, has requested that the transcript of the call be made public; to which Trump responded that this option is being considered despite the fact that, he said, all world leaders should feel free to speak with the President of the United States without fear of having their talks public.
While it is true that the political moment might not be the right one to initiate a political trial against Donald Trump, it is also true that congressmen cannot allow the presidency to continue to be used to commit crimes. It is known, for example, that after that phone call, the processes to free up resources for military aid to Ukraine by 250 MDD were accelerated.
Thus, we could face more evident evidence of crimes committed by President Trump from the Oval Office. If a process of political judgment begins, we could see an even greater polarization in the US electorate, which would be reflected in Congress, making it even more inefficient. Recall, finally, that the US Senate still does not approve the T-MEC and this situation could delay it further, negatively impacting our country.
Ricardo Solano Olivera, MSc.
Column originally published at https://laopinion.de/2019/09/24/juicio-contra-donald-trump/