College Republican president, Erica Solberg, wonders whether whistleblower complaint is hearsay
Tensions are high as President Trump’s phone call with Ukraine President, Volodymyr Zelensky, from July, were released Sept. 25 leading to a chain of events.
Going back before all of the recent events, the whistleblower complaint was officially filed through Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community’s inspector general, on Aug. 12. It wasn’t until Sept. 18 that reports surfaced exposing Trump for making promises to a foreign leader.
“It was announced that the whistleblower did not personally observe the call, so that makes it hearsay, which in the court of law is inadmissible as evidence.”Erica Solberg, College Republicans president
On Sept. 24, Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, announced that the House has started a formal impeachment injury on Trump. Now an investigation conducted by the House Judiciary Committee will decide if there is a reason to draft the Articles of Impeachment for Trump.
The next day, the transcript of the phone call was released to the public. Within the conversation between Trump and Zelensky, Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden were discussed. Trump initially asked Zelensky to investigate into Hunter Biden’s business dealings hoping to uncover corruption and ultimately withholding aid to the country.
Time Magazine reported early Sept. 27 that an estimated 221 out of the 435 members of the House Representatives support an impeachment inquiry of Trump.
Though Trump isn’t showing too much concern over the matter as he continues to tweet his thoughts, many Democrats see this as a turning point in his presidency.
Pelosi spoke out about the impeachment inquiry stating, “We have to put our country before our party,” as reported by NBC News.
“I completely agree that the questions about Biden and his son Hunter Biden are legitimate,” Erica Solberg, the president of the College Republicans said when addressing whether Trump should be in trouble for discussing Biden and his son to a foreign leader.
“Biden acknowledged on camera that while he was vice president, he successfully was able to pressure the Ukrainian government to fire that prosecutor,” Solberg said in relations to Biden’s role in the Ukraine government.
In regards to the whistleblower complaint filed by Atkinson, Solberg questions his reliability. “It was announced that the whistleblower did not personally observe the call, so that makes it hearsay, which in the court of law is inadmissible as evidence,” Solberg said.
“If Congress is going to conduct an investigation with their main source of evidence an account of hearsay, it would greatly show significant political bias and motive of impeachment adjudication,” Solberg added.
“The Intelligence Community Inspector General’s office also stated that the whistleblower showed an arguable political bias which furthermore shows that this impeachment is seen on multiple levels as questionable,” Solberg said.
Trump is the fourth president to face formal impeachment proceedings. In the past, two presidents have been impeached, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, though the Senate didn’t convict either president, meaning they weren’t removed from office.