A Big Fat Nothing-Burger

Every president takes actions that, viewed through a certain lens, can be seen as impeachable. So it isn’t at all hard to imagine U.S. politics evolving to the point in which it’s just a routine assumption that whenever an opposition party takes control of the House, they’ll impeach the sitting president.

In a press conference, Mr Trump said it was “a joke” that the Democrats had substantiated a formal impeachment inquiry against him with his call to Mr Zelensky (Ukrainian President).

Allegedly in exchange for dirt on his political rival, a whistle-blower claims the US President said he would grant Ukraine a previously withheld $US400 million in military aid.

And so the Democrats are investigating whether he pressured a foreign government to look into a political opponent, and if he used a $400 million aid package as leverage.

The White House made public the telephone transcript one day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry against Mr Trump.

There was no reference to the money in the documents.

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