One of Connecticut’s largest newspapers on Friday published an editorial calling on President Trump to resign, citing “damning evidence” that surfaced this week surrounding his interactions with Ukraine.
“Even given the incredibly fast pace of news in the Trump era, the speed with which the Ukraine scandal has moved from vague complaint to impeachable offense has been stunning,” reads the editorial published by the Connecticut Post, the state’s second-largest newspaper by circulation.
“Though we’re still at the beginning of the process, there is already a mountain of evidence implicating President Donald Trump with conduct far outside the accepted norms of a democratic leader.”
The editorial, which was published under the byline “Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board,” argued that “the most damning evidence” was reports that Trump called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25 and urged him to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
The White House later released a reconstituted transcript of the call while Trump declassified a whistleblower complaint that had raised concerns about the conversation. The complaint also shed light on information surrounding the call, who knew about it and the Trump administration’s attempts to highly restrict access to it.
“The proper next step for the president is clear. He should resign,” the Connecticut Post editorial said. “He has repeatedly proven himself unfit for office and appears to view the presidency as a position meant to benefit himself personally, not as one that must represent the interests of an entire nation.”
The paper acknowledged it was unlikely that Trump would step down on his own. The president is seeking reelection in 2020 and has blasted the whistleblower as well as House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against him.
“But what we know is enough, and because it’s from the president himself, there’s no reason to question its veracity. There’s no going back from here,” the editorial reads. “The long, bumpy ride of the Trump era may have turned a corner, but it’s nowhere near over.”
Trump and House Democrats are set for a tense battle over the next several weeks as congressional committees look to accelerate the impeachment push by subpoenaing documents and witnesses and scheduling hearings.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and several other State Department officials were subpoenaed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Friday for documents relating to the Trump administration’s relationship with Ukraine.
Public support for impeachment has been rising, with a new NPR/Marist survey showing 49 percent of Americans approving of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Trump, while 46 percent disapprove.