A long-running probe into the president’s diplomatic interactions with elected officials from an Eastern European nation appears to be drawing to an end.
A growing number of House Democrats seem to have abandoned their ongoing investigation into the Trump administration’s official dialogue with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Fewer Democrats have made new witness requests and filed subpoenas since the Senate impeachment trial acquitted President Donald Trump of abusing power and obstructing justice on Feb. 5.
The lack of interest in continuing the probe came even though the Democratic Party had claimed the president’s foreign policy was risking national security and the integrity of the next general election to be held on Nov. 3.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) suggested his fellow party members have moved on the belief the president cannot be found guilty of abusing power and obstructing justice.
“There is nothing that Donald Trump can do that would cause [Senate Republicans] to convict him of high crimes and misdemeanors,” he said according to Fox News. “So that has caused everybody in the House to take a deep breath and figure out what our next steps are.”
Democrats also appear to have noticed the results of a recent Gallup poll that revealed support for the president and Republican Party has soared, following the recent appointment of Vice President Mike Pence to a new task force handling the nation’s response to the novel coronavirus.
“A poll in today’s New York Post says that 77 percent of U.S. adults have confidence in their government’s ability to handle the coronavirus (number one) compared to other health threats,” the president said on Twitter. “[Confidence was] 64 percent for zika, 58 percent for ebola [and] others [were] way down on list.”
The president believes the poll results also show health professionals are doing a “great job.”
“Gallup poll numbers on the handling of this situation are outstanding, the best,” he said on Twitter. “Thank you.”
These results prompted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) to concede he expects the incumbent president to defeat the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee on Election Day.
“The president’s misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box, for we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won,” he said according Fox News.
Schiff also hinted he regretted focusing too much on Russia instead of delivering results for people living in his own Californian district.
“As one witness put it during our impeachment inquiry, the United States aids Ukraine and her people so that we can fight Russia over there, and we do not have to fight Russia here,” he said.