Former UN ambassador: Republicans have made a 'devil's bargain' to accept Trump

Former UN ambassador: Republicans have made a 'devil's bargain' to accept Trump
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In an interview with CNN, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha PowerSamantha Jane PowerSupport swells for renaming Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to honor John Lewis after his death 'Obamagate' backfires: Documents show Biden, Obama acted properly 'Unmaskings' may be common — and that's the problem MORE spoke about the implications of top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine William Taylor's testimony to the House on Tuesday, saying that his statement could cause a shift in the impeachment inquiry. She also said that GOP lawmakers had made a 'devil's bargain' to accept Trump. 

"I do worry," Power said, "that there are a number of Republican enablers who have just long ago made a Faustian bargain, a devil’s bargain, and decided if we can get the judges, we’re gonna go along with whatever assault on the rule of law, assault on the Constitution that we have to in order to fill the courts and have our worldview projected for years to come."

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When asked by CNN's Fareed Zakaria if she sees Taylor's testimony as a "turning point," Power replied "I think it should be, and certainly the fact that you see certain governors and Republican officials throughout the country raising their voices, expressing their concern is a good sign."

Taylor's testimony contradicts the Trump's administration's repeated statement that there was no quid pro quo between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“During our call on Sept. 8, Ambassador Sondland tried to explain to me that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE is a businessman,” Taylor told House lawmakers, referring to U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. 

“When a businessman is about to sign a check to someone who owes him something, he said, the businessman asks that person to pay up before singing the check," Taylor continued.

 

Additionally, Power noted that it was "beyond the pale" to "hold back assistance to a country that has been invaded as leverage in order to really ask a foreign government to manufacture dirt on a political opponent."