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Should Donald Trump be impeached? | UpFront



In this week’s UpFront, we discuss the impeachment inquiry with a close friend of US President Donald Trump, Chris Ruddy.

And in our Arena, we ask ISIL analysts Jessica Stern and Hassan Hassan about the group’s future following the killing of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Trump impeachment: Is the end near for the US president?

The US House of Representatives on Thursday voted to approve procedural rules in the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

The inquiry centres around a July phone call with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

On the call, Trump allegedly threatened holding back nearly $400 million in military aid unless Zelenskyy investigated the business dealings of Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

“I agree that it’s not proper and, and was a mistake,” said Chris Ruddy, a personal friend of Trump and CEO of the conservative news outlet Newsmax. “But I don’t think it’s a criminal act, and I don’t think it’s an impeachable act.”

“The president’s gotten a lot of bad legal advice,” said Ruddy. “If you look at this Ukrainian thing, a lot of it starts because his legal counsel at the time, Rudy Giuliani, told him to push the issue of corruption and investigating the Bidens.”

This week’s Headliner, personal friend of US President Trump and Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy.

Can ISIL survive the death of its leader?

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was killed in an October 26 raid by the US forces in Syria. US officials say, facing imminent capture, al-Baghdadi detonated a bomb he was wearing, killing himself and two children.

Jessica Stern, Boston University Professor and Co-author of ‘ISIS: The State of Terror’, says the killing of al-Baghdadi is significant, but even if his organisation is severely weakened the conditions remain ripe for another ISIL.

“We know that some of the risk factors for terrorism include lots of young men who are unemployed or underemployed, sectarian tensions, sectarian conflict, sectarian war.”

Stern says the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 played a role in the emergence of ISIL, but US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of US soldiers from Syria is also problematic.

Hassan Hassan of the Center for Global Policy and co-author of ‘ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror’ says groups like ISIL will continue to attract members as long as authoritarian governments continue to hold power in the region.

Hassan believes the threat from ISIL remains despite al-Baghdadi’s death.

“Most certainly they will try to wage a campaign of revenge,” he said. He added that in 2006 and 2010 the organisation was also in a critical time, yet it survived.

In this week’s Arena, we discuss the future of ISIL and its ideology after the death of its leader.

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susan Frazer
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susan Frazer

What a disgustingly biased interview! For three years the Dems, the CIA and the FBI have been trying to find dirt on him, AND? NOTHING! Any American who doesn't support this man, is CRAZY, and obviously watches too much Mainstream Propaganda…Trump is trying to save America from a Tyrranical Socialist Rule FGS!

4c1dr3fl3x
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4c1dr3fl3x

Impeached, and sentenced to be handed over to the Kurds.

V. V
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V. V

YES, WHEN PPL W/SO-CALLED “EXEMPLARY “ RECORDS ACT OVERZEALOUS AGAINST TRUMP COMPARED TO OBAMA,, THEY ARE NEVER TRUMPERs.

Losef Rodriguez
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Losef Rodriguez

Nenci Pelosi nedd tobe in prison wett all demócratas

Tony Wildeman
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Tony Wildeman

Yes,.and the sooner the better.

ahmed duale
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ahmed duale

Yes he should be impeached he is unfit

Joellen Wortham
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Joellen Wortham

No absolutely no he hasn't done anything.Only liars believe he has ughhhh criminal liars.

poopisnotpoop
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poopisnotpoop

Ironically, he defends trump by saying that the constitution is a living document when both trump’s SCOTUS justices are strict originalits.

Michael Smith
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Michael Smith

Impeach him for what? Your just talking like a parrot.

Owen Santiago
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Owen Santiago

He should work for CNN.

Owen Santiago
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Owen Santiago

this dude doesn't let people finish answering questions. how annoying.

HaveaHikule'o Helu
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HaveaHikule'o Helu

Can't believe Aljazeera is a propaganda machine.
"Dig up dirt on Biden" is not on the phone transcript

Steph
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Steph

Intelligent conversation-why ruin it with the hair on fire rapid fire questions? I’d much prefer to hear less questions and listen to an interview consisting of thoughtful questions and answers. It seems very arrogant of this interviewer to talk over the top and call Chris out for his answers. He’s answered the questions quite well-
Good job Chris!
Interviewer-not so good, work on yourself. Bringing out the best in your guest is admirable-try it;)

joynz1
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joynz1

Who said you are judged by the friends you keep.

jim Moore
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jim Moore

He needs to be impeached then removed from office then indicted then put on trial for treason then executed for treason

Brian Dunn
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Brian Dunn

Organised Crime Being conducted from the Oval office, ! Family crime Syndicate, ! Protected by a Bunch of Spineless Frightened Grubs,! Hale to the Orange one ,!!

Stephen Stretch
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Stephen Stretch

all the trumptards wouldn't know what to say after trump goes to prison

Thierry Herreman
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Thierry Herreman

This aljazeera dude should stop sniffing so much speed.

john a bardenhagen jr
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john a bardenhagen jr

Your fake biased news

Accutronitis The 2nd
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Accutronitis The 2nd

That's an easy one ABSOLUTELY YES!!!

Steven Marriott
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Steven Marriott

The impeachment inquiry is just nonsense.!!

Maik Chi
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Maik Chi

Yes after impeachment then they are going to lock him up 98% come from u.s citizen. He’s a crook and Liar

Johan Van Der Westhuysen
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Johan Van Der Westhuysen

Stop interupting your guest with your own ideas.

Xymo Nau
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Xymo Nau

Good interviewer. He called the guy to task on the nonsense. It is abject nonsense to say impeachment should be re crime, but it isn't. And the Republican is wheeling out all the usual nonsense that Trump has alleged, only to try to influence listeners who aren't aware of the facts.

Richard's World Traveler
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Richard's World Traveler

This interviewer clearly had a very strong objective of being negative.

Christopher Nicholls
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Christopher Nicholls

I like Al Jazeera but this interviewer is clearly biased against Trump.