Analysis: Mountain of Impeachment Evidence Is Beyond Dispute
I watched almost the entire set of hearings, missing only a minute or two here and there. I find the evidence calling for impeachment overwhelming, I find it consistent albeit incomplete without all the documents and testimony from the witnesses withheld, and I really don’t see how any sane & moral congress person wouldn’t vote for impeachment.
This will become the measure of the Republican Party for decades to come - what they do in the coming vote, and what they do in the senate won’t be something they can run or hide from. Like the additive put in natural gas that makes it stink, that smell will stick to them forever if they allow our president’s high crimes and misdemeanors to stand unanswered. If they do allow it to stand, it will also irretrievably diminish not just our image, but also the weight of our constitution, the depth of our freedoms, and the soul of this country. Allowing this to stand reflects badly upon the all of us, Republican and Democrat alike.
Beyond all that, I have zero doubt that Trump will do many worse things if this is allowed. *
The GOP will base their defense on the fact that nobody explicitly heard Trump state “I’m bribing Ukraine to dig up dirt on the Bidens.” even though what he did and said was so much worse than anything Clinton or Nixon did. We’ve all seen the cover-up, we’ve all seen the witness tampering and intimidation, and we’ve all seen the brazen outright lying in public and private forum from both Trump and the GOP leadership. This is without any doubt the very worst president America has ever had, and the GOP knows it to the soles of their feet - how awful or how patriotic they are will be determined in the coming weeks.
Trump explicitly ordered U.S. government officials to work with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on matters related to Ukraine, a country deeply dependent on Washington’s help to fend off Russian aggression. The Republican president pushed Ukraine to launch investigations into political rivals, leaning on a discredited conspiracy theory his own advisers disputed. And both American and Ukrainian officials feared that Trump froze a much-needed package of military aid until Kyiv announced it was launching those probes.
Those facts were confirmed by a dozen witnesses, mostly staid career government officials who served both Democratic and Republican administrations. They relied on emails, text messages and contemporaneous notes to back up their recollections from the past year.
Stitched together, their hours of televised testimony paint a portrait of an American president willing to leverage his powerful office to push a foreign government for personal political help. That alone has many Democrats on the brink of voting to impeach Trump before the end of the year, potentially pushing toward a trial in the Senate.
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* and here we go already- with Trump doubling and tripling down on the crazy: