Joe Scarborough Says Democrats Have ‘Compelling’ Impeachment Message With National Security

The “Morning Joe” co-host explains that current arguments could have “resonance with a lot of Americans”

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said Wednesday that Democrats presented “compelling” messaging surrounding Tuesday’s announcement of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

“You look at the people that actually were out talking — the Democrats,” he said to “Morning Joe” co-host and wife Mika Brzezinski. “You have a lot of women, of course — from swing districts, who served in the military, who served in the intel community, who were former prosecutors — they had a very compelling message all day yesterday.”

“This was not about politics. This was not about partisanship,” he continued, outlining the message he got from House members. “This was about national security.”

The decision to begin the inquiry came in light of a whistleblower complaint that the president sought to use foreign power from Ukraine during a phone call for his own political gain. During the call with Ukraine’s president, Trump reportedly pressured Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the son of former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
On Sunday, Trump admitted that he had brought up Biden’s family during the call but told reporters that he did so because “we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine.” The president also confirmed on Tuesday that his administration withheld nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine but denied that it was done for leverage.

On Wednesday’s segment, Scarborough concluded: “If this continues to be about national security and the president actually undermining America’s national security across the world, undermining allies who are invaded by Vladimir Putin and Russia for his own political gain, that is a message that will have resonance with a lot of Americans.”