David Leonhart has a carefully put together article of impeachment, based on Trump’s obstruction of justice. Ten points are based on publicly available evidence. Mueller has more.
Of course, the Republican House will not act on this. Which is why we must flip the House this November.
Impeachment is a political act. I’ve been trying to step back from the immediate furor and look at the bigger picture. There are a great many problems beyond obstruction of justice. A responsible Republican Party would form a delegation to talk with Trump about coming clean or resigning. Fortunately, the Mueller investigation continues; in any case, they have more information on these issues than I do.
I jotted down some notes over the weekend. Here’s my list of those problems.
Did the Russians route money to the Trump campaign through the NRA? Why were there so many contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russians? Paul Manafort? Michael Flynn? George Papadopoulos and the mysterious Dr. Mifsud? Carter Page? What were the functions of Papadopoulos and Page on the campaign team? What was the June 9, 2016, meeting with Russians about? Was Cambridge Analytica part of this? What about the connections between a Trump computer and Alfa Bank?
Why did Trump share highly classified Israeli intelligence with the Russian ambassador?
Then there are the conflicts of interest – the family businesses, including Ivanka’s investments in Azerbaijan and business in China; the hotels and other properties. That gets into the emoluments clause and the use of those properties for government business.
So many people had access to highly classified information, more than previously given access to President’s Daily Brief. Michael Flynn. Jared Kushner’s inablity to get a security clearance.
And the constant lying. What are they hiding?
The Republicans in Congress have some problems of their own, which, in addition to their tribal loyalties, may have been holding them back from saying much to Trump. There are indications that they may have partaken of Russian help in their campaigns. Why are some who might have been the equivalents of Barry Goldwater speaking to Richard Nixon, like Lindsay Graham and Thom Tillis, suddenly turning around?
And what role does Fox News play in all this beyond supplanting the President’s Daily Brief?
Looks to me like there is more than enough for impeachment, certainly for a stern talk by any Republican legislators who are not implicated in Trump’s crimes. I find it helps to look at the bigger picture from time to time, even if it is depressing.