It Has Been A Rough Week For Trump, Boris Johnson, And Benjamin Netanyahu
Three of the world’s most prominent conservative leaders have started off the week in rough shape, with President Donald Trump facing fresh calls for his impeachment, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson facing calls to resign following a blow from the U.K. Supreme Court, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust.
In Washington, D.C., Trump continues under scrutiny for allegedly withholding military aid to Ukraine until the country agrees to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son — an allegation that has yet to be proved, though evidence to support the claim appears to be growing.
Democratic lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are moving rapidly toward formal impeachment proceedings, according to The New York Times. Pelosi said an announcement on the issue could come as soon as Tuesday afternoon.
Even moderate Democrats — who have been slow to support impeachment until this point — are jumping on board, The Times noted, “stating that they believe articles of impeachment would be the only recourse if reports about attempts by Mr. Trump and his personal lawyer to push Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son were true.”
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) threw his support behind an impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, saying, “We will never find the truth unless we use the power given to the House of Representatives — and the House alone — to begin an official investigation as dictated by the Constitution. The future of our democracy is at stake.”
Trump rebuffed Democrats’ response to allegations that he enlisted a foreign power to help him politically, saying they are merely desperate for a way to win the White House in 2020.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday. “It’s a witch hunt. I’m leading in the polls. They have no idea how they stop me. The only way they can try is through impeachment. This has never happened to a president before.”
The president’s friend across the pond is not faring much better, as the British Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament five weeks ahead of the Brexit deadline was unlawful.
Johnson’s move was an attempt to “force through a no-deal Brexit without Parliament’s consent,” CNN reported Conservative lawmaker Rory Stewart as saying, leading to calls for the prime minister’s resignation.
The high court said that Johnson’s decision to suspend the session was unlawful “because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification.”
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Johnson’s actions show his “contempt” for democracy and the rule of law.
Also accused of disrespecting the law is Israel’s prime minister, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust.
Netanyahu defied protocol this week, according to Haaretz, when rather than outlining “the basis of his plea before his hearing next week in three corruption cases” as required, the prime minister “sent one page void of explanations to back his claim of innocence.”
The news outlet reported that a “declaration from Netanyahu's spokesperson said that his legal counsels intend to attend the hearing and attempt to convince Mendelblit to reject the charges against him.”
The hearings begin next week.