Saturday, September 28, 2019

Whistleblower complaint causes trouble for Trump

Jennifer Rubin sees Seven important and awful signs for Trump. Here is the short version.

The whistleblower complaint is so damning President Trump and his minions tried to conceal it from Congress and the public. It is so damning that a long list of Senate Republicans claimed not to have read it or refused comment. As distressing as it is to see such a lack of regard for their duties, it is a sign that there are some things even Trump and Fox News cannot spin.

Indeed, it is the muted reaction of Senate Republicans that leads the list of disastrous signs for the president. The assumption that there could never be a vote to remove him or that it would never get Republican votes needs to be rethought.

  • The polls are already moving in favor of impeachment — and moving fast.
  • involvement of so many people … gives this a Watergate feel and creates many witnesses.
  • when Trump’s remarks threatening a whistleblower immediately leaked one could see not only a new basis for impeachment but a willingness of all sorts of people to rat him out.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has given the laboring oar to the Intelligence Committee headed by the very able Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) and on which two of the sharpest Democrats sit — Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.). While ranking Republican Devin Nunes (Calif.) is clownish and disruptive, Rep. Will Hurd (R-Tex.), a former CIA officer who is both conscientious and politically liberated since announcing his retirement, also sits on the panel.
  • Pelosi has wisely decided to focus on the whistleblower material for impeachment. This topic alone could provide a basis for impeachment articles on abuse of power, obstruction and threatening a whistleblower. This subject is compelling, recent and easy to comprehend.
  • Trump is even less circumspect, disciplined and rational than usual. And why wouldn’t he be? He may well be only the third president impeached and has a shot at being the first removed. Surely he must see the walls closing in and the potential for removal, prosecution and, worst of all for a first-class narcissist, humiliation.

Trump has to be running scared. He is faced with (perhaps literally, come to think of it) the competent and unflappable Adam Schiff. One indicator is Trump’s tweet-o-rama calling for Schiff’s resignation. Good luck with that.

Also of note: In ‘I Fought the Law and the Law Won’, Roger Cohen observes that “Trump is disturbed and growing more so. The narcissist cannot bear not getting away with whatever he wants.” (Thanks, Roving Reporter.)

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