Impeachment, resignation, treason, federal charges — reaction to the stunning Trump-Ukraine news
Thursday ended with the absolutely bombshell news that Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani allegedly schemed to withhold military and financial aid to Ukraine—unless the newly elected prime minister found some kind of dirt on Joe Biden’s son Hunter, who has done work in Ukraine. You could and should read more about this scandal from my colleague, Mark Sumner, who has a great summary of the situation and a complete timeline of the scandal.
Almost immediately after the news skyrocketed to the top trending topic on social media, Rudy Giuliani appeared on CNN where he lost his mind and admitted he was a co-conspirator in a Ukraine deal. More incredibly, Giuliani then ran to Twitter to not just affirm his role; he also directly implicated Donald Trump.
So, what is the reaction on Twitter from pundits, elected officials, former U.S. attorneys and more? In short—treason, corruption, bribery, extortion. Let’s get to it.
Former U.S. Attorney and current University of Alabama law professor Joyce Alene:
If this turns out to be what the whistleblower complaint is about & it’s accurate, Trump must leave office immediat… https://t.co/ruUqhVyezb— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene)1568940444.0
Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti:
2/ The bribery statute is all about bribing public officials *in the United States*, and defines public officials i… https://t.co/vvr7KOQbER— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1568942788.0
Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii dropped the “T” word.
“Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them a… https://t.co/s8poVpHfME— Brian Schatz (@Brian Schatz)1568940551.0
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut added critical new information.
Zelensky did not explicitly connect the two in our meeting, but he was VERY concerned about the cut off of aid, and… https://t.co/3uYxCXMFt3— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy)1568942612.0
I don’t know what is in the whistleblower complaint, but it was clear to me that Ukraine officials were worried abo… https://t.co/P7IHgVgz9t— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy)1568943130.0
Preet Bharara, former U.S. attorney from the Southern District of New York, had the excellent vision of Barry Berke as the one to question Giuliani in a future hearing. After all, Berke did a fantastic job wiping the smug off Corey Lewandowski's mug.
I want to see Barry Berke question Rudy Giuliani. Anyone else?— Preet Bharara (@Preet Bharara)1568950212.0
Dan Pfeiffer, former senior advisor to President Obama:
If this turns out to be Trump pressuring Ukraine to investigate Biden, Congress needs to begin impeachment proceedi… https://t.co/rCG2EyVi4a— Dan Pfeiffer (@Dan Pfeiffer)1568939424.0
if you are bribing a foreign leader you dont get to claim exec priv. Just saying.— Jennifer Rubin (@Jennifer Rubin)1568940706.0
can't wait to see the Trump sycophants defend bribing a foreign country to get help beating an opponent. I'm sure t… https://t.co/FhmwXtBQv9— Jennifer Rubin (@Jennifer Rubin)1568940911.0
Former U.S. ambassador to Russia:
So the president's personal lawyer is confirming what the rest of us have been hypothesizing-- that Trump asked Zel… https://t.co/IEiwJbKsyl— Michael McFaul (@Michael McFaul)1568952826.0
Former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama:
Trump sees no difference between his campaign and the national security policies of the US government. This is an e… https://t.co/mRfKCANCO5— Ben Rhodes (@Ben Rhodes)1568945750.0
And that’s just a round-up of Thursday night’s reaction. Nothing yet from the 2020 candidates, but needless to say, this story is still developing and we’ll have more. In the meantime, which 2020 candidate do you think will be the first to call for Donald Trump’s resignation? Sound off in the comments.