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Monday numbers: A closer look at the facts surrounding Trump’s Ukraine-gate scandal

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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) walks towards to a podium to speak to the media at the Capitol Building September 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The lies and misdeeds of President Donald Trump appear, at long last, as if they could soon be catching up with the prevaricator-in-chief. As commentator John L. Micek of the Pennsylvania Capital-Star wrote last week in an excellent summary of the Ukraine-gate debacle [2] in which he listed many similar past transgressions:

But there is something so singularly offensive about Trump’s conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, his utterly transparent request for help in digging up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and son Hunter — not to mention Trump’s offer to detail Attorney General William Barr to that effort — that every previous assault on our Democratic norms by the narcissistic 45th chief executive just looks like an amateur hour performance in comparison….

The Mueller affair, while damning, was difficult to quantify. Here we have, in the president’s own words, an attempted shakedown of a foreign leader to secure his own re-election. And he’s selling out the country to do it. Every voter who’s seen an episode of The Sopranos can recognize that.”

Consider the following numbers on the Ukraine-gate scandal:

67 – number of days since Trump had a phone conversation with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine in which he sought to win Zelensky’s assistance in discrediting one of his domestic political opponents, former Vice-President Joe Biden. (Source: Unclassified version of the whistle-blower complaint [3] as posted by CNN.com)

49 – number of days since a federal government whistle-blower (a person identified by the New York Times as a CIA agent) filed a complaint detailing Trump’s actions in a letter to the chairs of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina and Rep. Adam Schiff of California. (Ibid.)

$391 million – amount in military aid that Trump reportedly asked his staff to freeze for two months before dropping the hold two weeks ago, under pressure from lawmakers. (Source: Defense News [4])

30 – number of minutes after the Trump-Zelensky call concluded that White House officials commenced efforts to “lock down” the transcript in a secure computer system ordinarily reserved for classified information (Source: New York Times [5])

More than one – number of times that Trump administration officials have placed a presidential transcript “into this codeword-level system solely for the purpose of protecting politically sensitive — rather than national security sensitive — information.” (Source: Unclassified version of the complaint [3] as posted by CNN.com)

“More than a half-dozen” – number of government officials who shared details of Trump’s alleged actions in the Zelensky matter with the whistle-blower (Ibid.)

6 – number U.S. House committees that Speaker Nancy Pelosi directed last week to proceed with investigations under the umbrella of an impeachment inquiry (Source: PBS.org [6])

224 – number of U.S. House members who have stated that they support an impeachment inquiry (Source: New York Times [7])

435 – total number of voting U.S. House members (Ibid.)

0 – out of 199 Republican members of the U.S. House, the number who have stated that they support an impeachment inquiry (Rep. Justin Amash, who supports the inquiry, left the GOP in July and is now an Independent) (Ibid.)

1 – out of 53 Republican members of the U.S. Senate, the number who have publicly expressed deep concern about Trump’s actions – Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah (Source: New York Times [8])

1 – out of 15 of North Carolina members of Congress, the number who have yet to issue a statement expressing a position on the impeachment issue; all three Democrats have voiced support for the inquiry, while all 11 of 12 Republicans have voice opposition (only Sen. Richard Burr has remained silent) (Source: WFAE radio [9])

55% – share of Americans that supports the House decision to proceed with impeachment investigations (Source: CBS News poll [10])

45% – share that is opposed (Ibid.)

+6% – rise in support for moving forward with impeachment since a Wednesday night Marist/NBC poll (Source: Newsweek.com [11])

More than 12,000 – number of false and misleading claims Trump had made during his presidency as of August of this year (Source: Washington Post [12])

400 – number of days until the Nov. 3, 2020 general election