Fox News anchor and host Chris Wallace suggested Thursday that the Democrat-led impeachment against President Donald Trump was a legitimate effort based on a “troubling set of facts.”
Calling it a “serious issue” for the president, Wallace said, “Look, for all the talks about politics and polarization, this revolves around a troubling set of facts.
“President Trump made a phone call to President Zelensky of Ukraine on July 25 and in that phone call did ask for the Ukrainian government to investigate issues that would have went down to the political benefit of Donald Trump, namely Democratic involvement the 2016 election, the question of Burisma and Joe Biden and there seems to have been some link between that and aid to Ukraine and also a White House meeting,” he continued.
“It’s a serious issue. You can argue it doesn’t rise to the level of impeachment,” he added.
“You can argue that it wasn’t a crime,” Wallace noted. “But it is a serious issue. It’s a troubling set of facts. I don’t think it’s a terrible idea that the Senate is going to discuss that.”
Critics of the Democrat-led impeachment have argued that presidents engage in such conversations with foreign leaders all the time. And they point to former Vice President Biden’s video during a Council on Foreign Relations event in 2018 in which he admits to threatening the withholding of $1 billion in aid unless Ukraine fired a prosecutor investigating corruption linked to a company that was employing his son, Hunter, as a board member for $50,000 per month.
They also point to an incident involving former President Barack Obama, who was caught on a hot mic telling then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2012 that he would “have more flexibility” after his reelection to negotiate a deal to remove U.S. missile defenses from Eastern Europe.
“This is my last election … After my election I will have more flexibility,” Obama told his Russian counterpart.
“I understand your message about space,” replied Medvedev. “I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”