They’re now trial ballooning damage control measures, perhaps there will be a wrist slap by the Senate where the vulnerable 2020 GOP senators will call for a censure. The GOP media frame would then be “compromise and comity” because “no harm, no foul” (which unfortunately also assumes “no Constitution”).
So, they admit he did something wrong and they're scared
Lindsey Graham floats censure with Trump in London: Senate trial will be too ‘traumatic’ on ‘the country’https://t.co/m7yLdrV2Xs
— Raw Story (@RawStory) December 3, 2019
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) December 4, 2019
300 page .pdf at assets.documentcloud.org/…
Overall, the report comes to two major conclusions.
First, President Trump solicited a foreign bribe in the form of favors for his election campaign before turning to direct an outright extortion campaign when he didn’t get what he wanted.
Second, that the president directed an overt and illegal cover-up by stonewalling the impeachment inquiry.
But its key findings of fact are a roadmap to the House Judiciary Committee which starts hearings tomorrow, and those only take up two and a half pages.
However, the Trump-Ukraine report’s succinct executive summary explains literally everything that the president did wrong in two major categories and only two-hundred and twenty words:
I. The President’s Misconduct: The President Conditioned a White House Meeting and Military Aid to Ukraine on a Public Announcement of Investigations Beneficial to his Reelection Campaign The President’s Request for a Political Favor
- The President Removed Anti-Corruption Champion Ambassador Yovanovitch
- The President’s Hand-picked Agents Begin the Scheme
- President Trump Froze Vital Military Assistance
- The President Conditioned a White House Meeting on Investigations
- The President’s Agents Pursued a “Drug Deal”
- President Trump Pressed President Zelensky to Do a Political Favor
- The President’s Representatives Ratcheted up Pressure on the Ukrainian President
- Ukrainians Inquired about the President’s Hold on Security Assistance
- The President’s Security Assistance Hold Became Public
- The President’s Scheme Unraveled
- The President’s Chief of Staff Confirmed Aid was Conditioned on Investigations
II. The President’s Obstruction of the House of Representatives’ Impeachment Inquiry: The President Obstructed the Impeachment Inquiry by Instructing Witnesses and Agencies to Ignore Subpoenas for Documents and Testimony An Unprecedented Effort to Obstruct an Impeachment Inquiry
- Constitutional Authority for Congressional Oversight and Impeachment
- The President’s Categorical Refusal to Comply
- The President’s Refusal to Produce Any and All Subpoenaed Documents
- The President’s Refusal to Allow Top Aides to Testify
- The President’s Unsuccessful Attempts to Block Other Key Witnesses
- The President’s Intimidation of Witnesses
Today’s court ruling directing Deutsche Bank to comply with the Congress’s subpoenas for President Trump’s financial records is another victory for the rule of law, our Constitution and our American Democracy. https://t.co/urPwtl2L1O
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 3, 2019
Part Two is even more damning than Part One.
In all probability, Trump's Ukraine extortion scheme is the third offense. Did the same thing in 2017 and 2018 before he finally got caught. https://t.co/aOU0u8qmX4
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) December 3, 2019