Former President Barack Obama had undoubtedly violated the Democrats’ new impeachment abuse of power standard.
Obama was “clearly in violation” of the Democrats’ ruling on “at least two occasions” in his 2012 re-election campaign, according to a Western Journal report on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
And yet “there were no widespread calls on Capitol Hill to impeach Obama in 2012 and certainly no impeachment inquiries opened by the Republican House following his highly questionable conduct,” the Conservative Tribune tweeted.
There were no widespread calls on Capitol Hill to impeach Obama in 2012 and certainly no impeachment inquiries opened by the Republican House following his highly questionable conduct. #2012Election #2020election #AdamSchiff #BarackObama… https://t.co/wx3eOC5WT0
— Conservative Tribune (@conserv_tribune) December 17, 2019
House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, on Monday morning, Dec. 16, endeavored to argue that President Donald Trump abused his office, is a risk to the U.S. Constitution, and therefore he must be impeached.
Nadler’s 658-page report commences with two articles of impeachment that the House will vote on and pass this week.
The first article claims that President Trump “abused the powers of the presidency by ignoring and injuring national security and other vital national interests to obtain an improper political benefit.”
The article stated that the president “has also betrayed the Nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in corrupting democratic elections.”
The House Democrats’ allegations of the president’s wrongdoing originated from President Trump’s July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. During the dialogue, the President asked Zelenskiy to look into a March 2016 incident regarding the then-Vice President Joe Biden and the firing of a Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.
Biden had publicly boasted at a Council on Foreign Relations event in January 2018 about how he ordered then-President Petro Poroshenko to fire Shokin or Ukraine would not be getting $1 billion U.S. aid.
“I looked at them and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” bragged Biden.
At the time, Shokin was investigating Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian natural gas firm that was paying Biden’s son Hunter $50,000 a month as a board member.
The first article of impeachment claims that President Trump’s alleged abuse of power was the withholding of $391 million in aid as a condition for Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.
President Trump did not condition the giving of military aid in return for probing the Bidens. Both Zelenskiy and his foreign minister affirmed that there was no pressure and they felt no pressure to reopen the investigations. The funds for the military aid were released in mid-September.
House Democrats, with their new ‘abuse of power’ standard, insisted that President Trump abused his power in this instance.
If the Democrats’ new abuse of power ruling were to be adopted, then what Obama did during his re-election campaign 2012 was clearly a breach of the Democrats’ ruling for President Trump.
And why were the Democrats not crying, ‘foul play,’ and demanded that Obama should be impeached for violating his oath during office in March 2012.
Obama had asked then-outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to pass a word to the incoming President Vladimir Putin that he [Obama] would have more flexibility to discuss the anti-missile defenses in Poland and Romania after the U.S. election.
“This is my last election … After my election I have more flexibility,” Obama had said.
Obama was caught on tape on Monday, March 26, 2012, “in private conversation with a hot mic” at the Seoul talks, urging Medvedev to inform Putin to give him “space” until after his 2012 re-election, according to Reuters and ABC News report.
The two leaders were unaware that the journalists’ microphones picked up their unusual exchange and the words.
Obama: “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.”
Medvedev: “Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…”
Obama: “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.
Medvedev: “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”
So, didn’t Obama engage in a quid pro quo with the Russian leader? His message was—Don’t pressure me about deploying the anti-missile defenses now, I can promise Russia a better deal after my re-election.
Neither Nadler, Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi, nor the Republican congressmen instigated for Obama’s impeachment because as president of the United States he jeopardized U.S. security.
The second instance Obama put his own political interest before that of the United States was when he took the law into his own hands.
In 2010, Obama stated he had no constitutional authority to act unilaterally on the status of illegal aliens: “I am president, I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself. We have a system of government that requires the Congress to work with the executive branch to make it happen.”
In June 2012, Obama implemented an executive order to create Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for unauthorized young aliens to remain in the United States.
Obama’s creation of the DACA program with an executive order was “a clear political play” to boost his re-election prospects, according to the Western Journal report.
With their new abuse of power impeachment standard, isn’t the House Democrats propagating a double standard?
According to the Western Journal poll, 98% of readers indicated that the Democrats’ impeachment push is benefiting President Trump’s re-election campaign.
As the 2020 election is forthcoming, it is really pertinent for the American people to discern what is truly right from wrong, and virtue from vice. Only in this way can they cast their vote duly and return President Trump to office for a second term.