Here are a few impeachment-related links and observations:
In a real shocker, it turns out that the White House is going to release a redacted version of the whistleblower complaint. That’s why Pelosi was smart to focus not just on the complaint but also on Trump’s bad acts in general – it doesn’t leave room for Trump to say “we gave them what they wanted, why are they still unsatisfied?”. (Nancy also said he needs to turn over the full complaint, since it ain’t her first rodeo with this asshole.) Contrast that with Biden’s conditional statement that if Trump doesn’t comply with Congress, they will have to start impeachment hearings. The Trump administration has shown, and will continue to show, malicious compliance – they’ll let people testify, but have them assert executive privilege, they’ll release documents with all of the incriminating parts blacked out – in short, they’ll do anything to run out the clock on oversight.
Chuck Todd was a little bit stern with Senator
Foghorn Leghorn John Kennedy last night, but Lord Baby Jesus does he get a lot of attention for a very little effort. Basically, Todd made the elementary point that “whatabout Hunter and Joe” and “both sides need investigating” is not a defense for Trump’s bad acts. Maybe Joe read Margaret Sullivan’s piece in the Post, where she points out that Trump’s strategy on the Ukraine scandal counts on the press engaging in their usual both-sides bullshit when it comes to the completely unfounded accusations about Biden.
The Senate’s unanimous consent resolution to have Trump release the whistleblower report has spawned a lot of speculation about McConnell’s decision to allow the vote. My theory was that it was another Lucy and the football move by McConnell – along with being the least he could do other than nothing, the wording of the resolution would allow Trump’s redacted version to be spun as complying. Others have speculated that it was a last-ditch attempt to entice the Democrats into delaying a bit more, but that seems pretty far-fetched. Since there wasn’t really a vote on the resolution, I don’t think it tells us anything about where the Republicans have moved. I doubt that a single one of them will vote to convict after Trump is impeached, not even St. Mitt or Sister Susan of the Order of the Perpetually Furrowed Brow and Look of Concern.