U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last Tuesday that she will launch an investigation into Trump's impeachment. Steve Bannon, former chief strategist who Trump fired from the White House, said Pelosi's statement was like the first shot of the “Fort Sumter” attack that triggered the American Civil War in 1861. Bannon said, “We have a pre-5 o’clock presidency and a post-5 o’clock presidency” and asked the parties to be more prepared for this civil war.
Pelosi did not tolerate the Democrats' attempts to impeach Trump's alleged obstruction of justice in the Russian Investigation conducted by Robert Mueller. The Democrats are in the majority with 235 seats in the House of Representatives. Democrat deputies demanding impeachment were not expected to show any more resistance, as they constituted the majority of the party in the lower House. What made Pelosi give in was Trump askingthe President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelenskiy to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. This venture of Trump's was the last straw for House Speaker Pelosi.
Biden, who was the vice president during Obama's term, is one of the top three Democrats who announced his candidacy for the presidency in 2020. The issue was that Biden's son Hunter was a board member of a Ukrainian energy company under investigation for money laundering. This business relationship took place during Biden's vice presidency. Allegedly, Trump said the $391 million approved military aid in the Federal Budget would be released in exchange for the President of Ukraine investigating Biden and his son. Trump suspended the aid that was supposed to be sent in February. The reasons behind his suspension were not fully known. However, the money was delivered to Ukraine on September 11 when the Democrats warned that they would cut the Defense Budget.
In a letter of complaint to U.S. National Intelligence Inspector Michael Atkinson, a whistle-blower who is allegedly a member of the CIA claimed that Trump's telephone conversation with the President of Ukraine on July 25 was related to the investigation of Biden and his son. The Chief Inspector forwarded the complaint, which he considered to be a routine procedure, to Joseph Maguire, deputy director of National Intelligence. Maguire is accused of failing to inform the U.S. Congress's relevant committees of the letter of complaint. Maguire says the Department of Justice said there weren’t any legal grounds for concern in the telephone exchange.
Allegedly, Trump also asked the President of Ukraine to contact his private lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General William Barr. The Democrats see it as a very serious crime when Trump puts his private lawyer in charge of pressuring a foreign country of investigating his political rival. Trump was forced to release a revised transcript of the July 25 telephone conversation. One of the people who convinced Trump to release the text is Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
The Intelligence, Judiciary and Foreign Relations committees of the House of Representatives subpoenaed anyone who they think may be relevant and knowledgeable. These include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General William Barr, European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland and Trump's Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker. Volker, who was said to have held talks with the President of Ukraine about Biden, resigned immediately after the whistle-blower complaint. Volker was one of the first casualties of the Trump-Biden battle.
The most violent scenes of America's new civil war seem to be looming in October. Now the parties are doing all they can to win this new American civil war. As Bannon says, no one can remain on the sidelines in this relentless war.