Donald Trump at the White House, October 18, 2019 (Leah Millis/Reuters)
UPDATE, DEC 13:
As the House Judiciary Committee nears its approval of the articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, I spoke on Friday morning with Monocle 24’s Georgina Godwin.
Listen from 46:34:
The Republicans are not playing to the evidence but to public opinion: the idea that this is an illegitimate process.
I also spoke with talkRADIO’s James Whale to answer his question: “Is the impeachment of Trump an enormous waste of American taxpayers’ money?”
The allegation is of an abuse of power which is tantamount to turning the Presidency into Trump’s personal space. At the end of the day, you have to have accountability for public officials.
If you don’t take this to the end, anyone — not just Trump — can scream “Witch Hunt” and “Sham” and get away with anything.
ORIGINAL ENTRY: I spoke with Monocle 24’s Markus Hippi and talkRADIO’s Eamonn Holmes on Tuesday about the articles of impeachment filed versus Donald Trump over his alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The discussions set out the content of the charges, based on investigation of Trump’s pressure on Ukraine for investigations of political rivals, and the process that will likely lead to a trial in the Senate in January.
Listen to Monocle 24 from 1:17
Whichever way the trial vote goes, at the end of the day this is an issue of accountability.
If you don’t hold someone accountable to at least answer these charges, then the US Constitution no longer has value. If you don’t hold someone accountable for bypassing the US Congress and courts, the American system no longer has value.
The explanation of impeachment is part of a discussion, alongside First Draft News’s Jenni Sargent, about disinformation in political campaigns. That includes my experience on Tuesday morning, in an interview with another talkRADIO host, which attacked the mother of a sick four-year-old boy: an effort to cover up Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s viral video failure over the National Health Service.