I admit that I almost fell into the trap. I was so overjoyed at hearing unvarnished, near gleeful truth, I near made Sondland a hero in my mind, and envisioned Senators marching from Capitol Hill to the White House to tell Trump “It’s over, sir.” Indeed, if one wants to wander over to alumni house at DKos, I believe my diary is still sitting on top of the rec-list, the one discussing how Kenneth Starr entertained that very possibility earlier today. Fortunately, I thought on it a little deeper. Having given it significant more thought, I am convinced that not only will today’s testimony not lead to a quick and clean resignation and/or impeachment vote with a quick verdict (up or down), the result of today’s testimony should ensure that we are in this for the long haul. Sondland’s testimony should compel us to go much deeper, and we can be certain that what is uncovered will only get uglier. Sondland provided us a biopsy, and the biopsy confirmed the existence of a cancer in the presidency. But Sondland also brought along MRI films. Sondland not only implicated Trump, he implicated Pompeo, Mulvaney, Volker, Pence and Perry. Everyone was “in” on it. There was not “an official” and “unofficial” tract when it came to Ukrainian policy. There was one Trump Ukrainian policy. It involved the shakedown and a go-around of the “good people.” The entire executive branch is sick, and an urgent operation to “remove” the cancer will not help at this point. Only chemo will cure us at this point, long and thorough, and its the right thing to do despite the fact that it’ll make us want to throw up and pull our hair out. Let's be clear on what happened today. Sondland implicated multiple cabinet officials in this scandal, which has now become a whole lot bigger. That means Dems cannot expect a quick impeachment any longer. The stakes are too high. Me and @paulwaldman1:https://t.co/WeMxZCW3G6 — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) November 20, 2019 Just about every senior official in the White House has been implicated in a conspiracy to utilize American money, $400 million in aid, to leverage political power over the party not in the White House. This is the quintessential impeachable offense, and – according to Sondland – “everyone was in on it,” including the President, Vice President, Secretary of State, National Security Director and White House Chief of Staff. Here's the thing. Now that this scandal has wo gotten much bigger, it's no longer clear we can have a real reckoning if our efforts at accountability don't expand in kind:https://t.co/WeMxZCW3G6 pic.twitter.com/k0YRlGXRp3 — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) November 20, 2019 We might be able to have a real reckoning with a quick impeachment if we could count upon Republicans in the senate being responsible, but I won’t insult you by even proferring that possibility. Given that we cannot count upon Republicans, whatever will happen must happen now, while before the House, prior even to articles being drafted. It must happen now, in front of Adam Schiff, and it may take many more months. We must have Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton’s testimony, among many others. There is no other way to prepare this case for history. Without the testimony of those two men, we are “playing” at government. […]
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