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
With the release of the Trump/Ukraine #impeachmentreport, there are now three long and damning documents concerning the criminal behavior of Donald Trump. Not one, not two, but THREE.
— Greg Olear (@gregolear) December 3, 2019
1/ The first part of the Mueller Report, with its pages of redactions & “harm to ongoing matter,” paints a damning portrait of Trump & his campaign’s numerous attempts to solicit aid from Russia, which country “interfered in the 2016 election in sweeping and systemic fashion.”2/ Part One of the Mueller Report does not exonerate Trump from working with a hostile foreign power to sabotage the election for his own benefit. It reads as a roadmap to impeachment—or, after he is out of office, indictment.3/ The second part of the Mueller Report outlines the various ways that Trump & his minions attempted to obstruct justice, both before and during the Special Counsel’s investigation.
Part Two is even more damning than Part One.4/ And then today we have the even more egregious, even more open-and-shut Ukraine report from the impeachment inquiry. Trump extorted a weak ally, denying US aid money until Ukraine did “a favor” for him PERSONALLY. That’s bribery, impeachable per the Constitution.5/ That’s three reports. All together they are about as long as a Russian novel. Which is apt.
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
Read the redacted version of the Mueller report – Axios https://t.co/R2qzkkf7tB
— Kremlin Annex (@KremlinAnnex) April 18, 2019
The Kremlin employs a combination of propaganda channels to maximize the effectiveness of their disinformation campaigns. @csis_isp details the nature of this threat and ways to counter it in a new report: https://t.co/vlXCdMMcaf pic.twitter.com/c953EOHcm6
— CSIS (@CSIS) May 23, 2019
In addition to their current series of reporting on the Mueller report, the PBS News Hour has a timeline of events on their website. I’m going to post some of it in a thread but they also have a searchable spreadsheet at this link. /1 https://t.co/afLIRXLAll
— Emily A. (@emzorbit) June 4, 2019