Following the testimony from EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, former solicitor general Ken Starr explained that impeachment articles against President Donald Trump are pretty much a sure thing.
Starr, who serviced as the lead counsel that investigated former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, was speaking on Fox News on Wednesday when he made that conclusion.
After hearing Sondland’s testimony, Starr conceded that it does not “look good for the president substantively,” regarding the issue of a quid pro quo between U.S. government officials and Ukraine. Trump is facing allegations that he withheld military aid to Kyiv and refused to hold a public appearance with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky until that nation agreed to announce it would conduct investigations that would benefit Trump politically in his re-election campaign.
Sondland’s testimony, in which he acknowledged the administration had pursued a quid pro quo scheme with Ukraine, was enough to convince Starr that Trump would face impeachment in the House beyond the inquiry stage.
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“There will be articles of impeachment,” Starr said, according to The Week. While that seemed a foregone conclusion before, “it was just confirmed today,” he added. “Substantively, what we heard from [Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff] just now is: It’s over. We now know — this is his position — we now know that the president, in fact, committed the crime of bribery”
Starr was critical of Trump last week after the president lashed out at former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, whom he had fired, while she was giving testimony to impeachment investigators on Friday. Many called Trump’s actions as potentially an impeachable offense on its own. Starr, speaking on Fox News once again, called it “extraordinarily poor judgment,” a prior report from HillReporter.com noted.