Here are the biggest moments in the Trump impeachment saga since the Ukraine call summary was released a month ago – CNBC
As Democrats forge ahead with the impeachment inquiry, it has put some Democrats and Republicans alike in a political bind — depending in part on which areas of the country they represent.
All but seven House Democrats, including a handful of first-term lawmakers who won districts that voted for Trump in 2016, have backed the impeachment inquiry. No House Republicans have endorsed the probe, although Republican-turned-independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan has backed it.
Public support for the inquiry has climbed in the last month. About 53% of respondents to recent polls say they back the House starting proceedings, versus about 42% who do not, according to a FiveThirtyEight average of surveys. On Sept. 25, about half of those surveyed opposed an impeachment probe.
About 48% of respondents to recent surveys say they either support impeaching Trump or removing him from office — which the GOP-held Senate would have to decide whether to do if the House voted to effectively charge him with abuses of power.
But polls suggest impeachment could be tricky in the battleground states that will determine the 2020 election. The surveys explain why Pelosi has taken a deliberate pace in investigating the president.
Before she announced the impeachment inquiry, the House speaker repeatedly called the issue “divisive.” Since the investigation started, she has said it is a “sad time for our country.”
Trump has had to fight off even more political threats beyond the Ukraine scandal. On Oct. 3, he said “China should start an investigation into the Bidens,” which brought rare criticism from a handful of Republicans, particularly Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah.
Trump’s decision to remove U.S. forces from northern Syria earlier this month brought as much Republican criticism as he has faced for just about any decision he has made in the White House. GOP lawmakers argued he opened Kurdish forces, with whom the U.S. fought the so-called Islamic State, to slaughter by Turkey.
On Wednesday, Trump said he would lift sanctions on Turkey imposed after the country launched its offensive in northern Syria, adding that a ceasefire in the area would be “permanent.”
Trump also earned the ire of some GOP lawmakers when Mulvaney announced last week that the U.S. would host the G-7 world leaders summit at the president’s Doral country club in Florida next year. The administration backtracked on the announcement only two days later, after mounting accusations of self-dealing or violations of the foreign emoluments clause.
Amid all of the issues for the White House, two foreign-born associates of Giuliani were arrested earlier this month on campaign finance charges. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman pleaded not guilty to the charges this week.
Even as he pushes to make a case for his 2020 reelection, Trump has publicly focused more on defending himself from the impeachment inquiry than on any policy issue. In a tweet Friday morning, the president shared what he said was a quote from Fox Business Network personality Lou Dobbs, which called Trump “historic” and alleged an “illegitimate effort to overthrow a President, not a formal impeachment inquiry.”
“Thank you Lou,” Trump wrote.