Breaking News: Trump, The House is introducing two articles of impeachment against President Trump, one on obstruction of Congress and one on abuse of power
For three years, Democratic members have pledged to unleash the dogs of impeachment to devour a president despised by their base. Today, the doors finally opened and the public found itself staring not at a multi-headed Cerberus from Hades but a couple of underfed Chihuahuas. In my testimony before the House Judiciary Committee last week, I focused on the crimes like bribery that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff declared repeatedly were now well-established.
The response was all too familiar. For three years, the same Democratic leadership told the public that a variety of criminal and impeachable acts were proven in the Mueller investigation. None of those crimes are now part of this impeachment. Why? Because it would have been too easy an impeachment? Instead, the House will go forward on the only two plausible grounds that I outlined in my testimony – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Unlike the other claims, the problem is not with the legal basis for such impeachable offenses but the evidentiary record. This record remains both incomplete and conflicted. The Democrats have insisted on impeaching by Christmas rather than build a record to support such charges. They have burned three months without trying to compel witnesses like John Bolton.
That is longer than it took for the critical case in Nixon to go from the ruling in the district court to the Supreme Court for a final decision to force him to release the famous tapes. Nixon resigned shortly after that ruling. This is now the fastest investigation with the thinnest record supporting the narrowest impeachment in modern history. It is precisely what President Trump (who not surprisingly has supported the Democratic move for a fast impeachment) would relish. This schedule driven more by the Iowa caucuses than impeachment criteria.
The Democrats just gave him the best Christmas gift he could hope for: two anaemic Chihuahuas with barely the energy to make the walk over to the Senate. Trump has tweeted that Democrats who argue “that I ‘pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 Election’,” know “that it’s not true”.
“Both the President & Foreign Minister of Ukraine said, many times, that there ‘WAS NO PRESSURE,’ he wrote.He also argued that his request to the president of Ukraine in a 25 July phone call – “I would like you to do us a favour, though” – was made on behalf of the United States and not himself. “Read the Transcripts! ‘us’ is a reference to USA, not me!” he says. The case continues…