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The Shearing of Hair Trompf (58)

December 3, 2019

12-3-19 Report of House Intel Committee.  “Section I.  The President’s Misconduct….II…Obstruction of the…Impeachment Inquiry.”  From the “Executive Summary….a months-long effort by President Trump to use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election….an unprecedented campaign of obstruction of this impeachment inquiry. Nevertheless, due in large measure to patriotic and courageous public servants who provided the Committees with direct evidence of the President’s actions, the Committees uncovered significant misconduct….”  

Text.  Commentary:  Sargent, 3 big takeaways (WaPo); Phillips, 5 takeaways (WaPo)

12-7-19 The House Judiciary Committee has published its “Report on Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment.” From pages 10-11:

IV. Impeachable Offenses 

As careful students of history, the Framers knew that threats to democracy can take many forms. They feared would-be monarchs, but also warned against fake populists, charismatic demagogues, and corrupt kleptocrats. In describing the kind of leader who might menace the Nation, Hamilton offered an especially striking portrait: 

When a man unprincipled in private life[,] desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper . . . known to have scoffed in private at the principles of liberty — when such a man is seen to mount the hobby horse of popularity — to join in the cry of danger to liberty — to take every opportunity of embarrassing the General Government & bringing it under suspicion — to flatter and fall in with all the non sense [sic] of the zealots of the day — It may justly be suspected that his object is to throw things into confusion that he may ride the storm and direct the whirlwind.49 

This prophesy echoed Hamilton’s warning, in Federalist No. 1, that “of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants.”50

Of course the problem is that even before Trompf the Republicans had become the party of such men; the Senate is dominated by them, and ruled by the worst among them. Thus lack of conscience, fear of loss of wealth, status, and privilege, and fear of maybe even imprisonment, doth make traitorous cowards of them all.

Meanwhile, 3 experts on constitutional law gave powerful explanations of why T can and must be impeached; but the fourth, selected by the Rs, said look, the entire nation is wracked with anger for or against Trompf, but don’t be too hard on the guy, and don’t rush into this. After all, investigation, beginning with the FBI, began only as recently as 2016. Speaker Pelosi also explained that this is about a pr*sidential attack on the Constitution. We have no choice but to impeach.

This moment has the looks of an unstoppable bulldozer of constitutional democracy rumbling towards an impenetrable wall of corruption and wealth. The dozer is picking up momentum, but I think the people behind the wall are preparing to blast it with a coup. Nixon could retire into comfortable ignominy and his Party could regroup with some guise of honor; Clinton could bask in high favorables and continue his political career and pursuit of wealth, although his party’s candidate lost to the Supreme Court. For Trompf, his family, and his cronies, it’s becoming All or Nothing. C’est à dire, the Rs cannot prevent impeachment; will they be satisfied merely with preventing removal from office, or will they use the occasion to try to strike a decisive blow against multiparty democracy?  It looks to me as though Herr Trompf, the fascist members of his administration, and the fascist owners of the R Party, want the latter. They have never believed that democracy is a good thing, when it gets in their way, which it frequently does. There’s going to be an explosion, for sure.

12-9 In the House Judiciary Committee hearing, Democratic Consel Daniel Goldman presented an irrefutable and devastating case for impeachment on the grounds of bribery. / On this same day, the DOJ Inspector General released his report of the investigation into whether the FBI investigation of Russia’s interference in our 2016 election was in any way unjustified, unreasonable, inappropriate, or biased against Trompf (in TrompfWorldspeak, was it part of a Deep State conspiracy, “witch hunt,” “hoax” to destroy Trompf)?  It was not.  It was a legitimate and vital investigation into a threat to our democracy and national security. (Commentary.) / Ruth Marcus (WaPo) makes the case for an impeachment proceeding that is narrow in its charges and quick, 

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