Senator: Current Ukraine Spending Bill Is Trap To Impeach Trump Again

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A Republican senator believes that the current spending bill related to the war in Ukraine has been written in way a to allow for a third impeachment of Donald Trump, should the GOP frontrunner win the White House in 2024. 

Ohio Senator J.D. Vance that if the $95 billion emergency foreign aid spending bill becomes law and Trump wins the election, the “swamp” will move to try and remove the former president from the White House again. 

Politico writes, “Vance distributed a memo to Senate GOP offices on Monday arguing that the foreign aid measure could tie Trump’s hands if he comes into office next year wanting to pause Ukraine funds as part of negotiations on ending Russia’s war on the U.S. ally. That’s because some of the legislation’s funding expires nine months into the next presidency, effectively — according to Vance — handcuffing a future President Trump from making his own decisions on Ukraine spending.

Vance is one of the most outspoken opponents of Ukraine assistance, and he’s making a last-ditch effort to block the legislation before a critical vote later on Monday to end debate on the foreign aid plan, which needs 60 votes.”

The Ohio senator makes the case that the new spending bill is a ploy to “Trump-proof” the continuation of the war in Ukraine should he defeat Joe Biden next year. 

President Trump has said, in regard to the war in Ukraine, “We got to get that war settled and I’ll get it settled.”5 He has stated that he would

resolve the war in 24 hours.

The bill includes $1.6 billion for foreign military financing in Ukraine, and $13.7 billion for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. These funds expire on September 30, 2025—nearly a year into the possible second term of President Trump. These are the exact same accounts President Trump was impeached for pausing in December 2019. Every single House Republican voted against this impeachment resolution.

If President Trump were to withdraw from or pause financial support for the war in Ukraine in order to bring the conflict to a peaceful conclusion, “over the objections of career experts,” it would amount to the same fake violation of budget law from the first impeachment, under

markedly similar facts and circumstances.

Partisan Democrats would seize on the opportunity to impeach him once again. The Washington Post has reported that tying President Trump’s hands on foreign policy is very much top of mind for Biden administration officials, who are openly boasting about their plans.

The background quote is damning: Not incidentally, a U.S. official said, the hope is that the long-term promise — again assuming congressional buy-in — will also “future-proof” aid for Ukraine against the possibility that former president Donald Trump wins his reelection bid.

Trump recently caused panic among the foreign policy establishment by making comments in which he appeared to encourage Russia to attack allies who have been “delinquent” on the financial requirements of NATO. 

During an phone interview on Sunday with The New York Times, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was not bothered by the remarks. 

“Give me a break — I mean, it’s Trump,” Mr. Graham said. “All I can say is while Trump was president nobody invaded anybody. I think the point here is to, in his way, to get people to pay.”

Senator Marco Rubio, the Republican Party’s top-ranking official on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN why he was not bothered in the least.

“He told the story about how he used leverage to get people to step up to the plate and become more active in NATO,” Mr. Rubio said on “State of the Union.” The Florida senator said Trump’s comments weren’t much different from what other U.S. presidents have done in urging NATO members to spend more on their own defense. “I have zero concern, because he’s been president before. I know exactly what he has done and will do with the NATO alliance. But there has to be an alliance. It’s not America’s defense with a bunch of small junior partners.”

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