Impeachment: Sorting Through the Headlines

Nov 5, 2019 | DTJ Online

By Sharon Lo Managing Editor, Defense Transportation Journal and The Source

In managing NDTA’s media outlets, the DTJ, and The Source, I generally try to avoid overtly political stories or stories that are overly dominant in the news. Today will be a slight exception.

Selecting stories for this week’s Source meant weeding through a plethora of articles about the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Some of which I wanted to bring to your attention.

I’m going to start with what I think is most important for NDTA’s audience, and the main reason I decided to cover the impeachment this week. That is headlines top Democrats are concerned President Trump may shut down the government in an effort to distract from the impeachment inquiry.

Whether or not those fears are accurate remains to be seen. However, our government is only funded through 21 November. With President Trump indicating he is not dedicated to keeping the government open, another shutdown remains a real possibility.

As you would expect, there are lots of articles describing what is happening during the impeachment inquiry. CNN is even providing live updates on its website. In case you are wondering, the latest news reports, revolve around Congress’s release of the first transcript of closed-door deposition from those involved in the Ukraine affair. This is the event that led to the inquiry in the first place.

If you aren’t even sure who is involved in the Ukraine affair, or who all these other people involved in the impeachment process are head to Politico. They have created an interactive tool describing the most (and least) powerful players in the impeachment inquiry. Also, on Politico, five reporters break down the week in impeachment is a great read to catch up on what is happening.

Impeachment has only happened twice in our history, to Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton (Richard Nixon escaped likely impeachment by resigning from office). If you want to understand the whole process, New York magazine explains impeachment.

Finally, Loren Thompson, who many of you may recognize as a past NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting speaker, recently penned a piece for Forbes. In it, he says he thinks it unlikely President Trump will be removed from office through impeachment. He instead gives his take on what he feels is more likely—a failed re-election attempt next year and, specifically, what that would mean for our military.

I hope you will find these articles as interesting and informative as I did. We will certainly keep an eye out for any other articles that are especially pertinent for NDTA’s members and partners.

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