September 25, 2019

WELL, IT HELPS THAT HE ALREADY CONFESSED...:

Why an Impeachment Inquiry Now? Democrats Cite the Clarity of the Case (Carl Hulse, Sept. 24, 2019, NY Times)

The sudden embrace of an impeachment inquiry by previously reluctant House Democrats -- most notably Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- is attributable to one fundamental fact: They believe the new accusations against Mr. Trump are simple and serious enough to be grasped by a public overwhelmed by the constant din of complex charges and countercharges that has become the norm in today's Washington.

In contrast to the murkiness of the special counsel's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by Mr. Trump, Democrats see the current allegations as damningly clear-cut. His refusal so far to provide Congress with an intelligence official's whistle-blower complaint as required by law, coupled with the possibility that Mr. Trump dangled American military aid as a bargaining chip to win investigation of a political rival by a foreign government, strikes them as a stark case of presidential wrongdoing. They consider it egregious enough that they expect many Americans who had been cool to the idea of moving to oust the president to recognize the imperative for the House to act.

"It has shifted the ground," Representative Peter Welch, Democrat of Vermont and a member of the Intelligence Committee, said about the new allegations against the president, as party support for an impeachment inquiry solidified. "It makes the brazenness of the conduct and the simplicity of the misconduct easy for everybody to understand."


...but he did that in the case of asking Putin for help against Hillary too.

Posted by at September 25, 2019 12:00 AM

  

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