When his impeachment trial ended with an acquittal in the U.S. Senate, President Donald Trump celebrated the end of a process he repeatedly dismissed as a “witch hunt.”
New reports this week, however, indicate Democratic lawmakers are gathering evidence for another attempt to impeach him.
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives launched a probe into accusations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in connection with Trump’s allegedly improper withholding of U.S. military aid from Ukraine.
“Ongoing Presidential impeachment investigation”
According to a court filing that landed before the U.S. Supreme Court this week, legislators are pursuing an “ongoing Presidential impeachment investigation” and have requested grand jury evidence from an investigation by former special counsel Robert Mueller.
House Democrats stated in the legal brief that they would be investigating “the possible exercise of improper political influence over recent decisions made in the Roger Stone and Michael Flynn prosecutions, both of which were initiated by the special counsel.”
Noting that the House judiciary committee did not end its investigation when Trump was acquitted, the lawmakers acknowledged the possibility of a second impeachment if warranted by the contents of the information they are now requesting.
“If this material reveals new evidence supporting the conclusion that President Trump committed impeachable offenses that are not covered by the articles adopted by the House, the committee will proceed accordingly — including, if necessary, by considering whether to recommend new articles of impeachment,” the brief continued.
The latest move by House Democrats comes on the heels of a Supreme Court decision blocking a lower court’s ruling that grand jury documents should be released to them.
“A dereliction of his duty”
In the wake of the Justice Department’s decision to drop a case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Attorney General William Barr has faced his own backlash.
As the Democrats’ investigation into the Trump administration appears to continue, one recent statement by the party’s presumptive presidential nominee could have new relevance. Responding to a question at a virtual town hall event, former Vice President Joe Biden made it clear that, if elected, he would not pardon Trump of any theoretical criminal charges.
“It is not something the president is entitled to do, to direct either a prosecution and/or decide to drop a case,” he added. “That is not the president’s role, responsibility. And it’s a dereliction of his duty.”
As the 2020 election draws near and the nation seeks to find its way out of a health and economic crisis, it appears that there are plenty of elected officials still preoccupied with the outcome of the last presidential race.