All the morning email thingies mention impeachment (usually off the record). While impeaching the Russian Usurper would be one thing, the Fat Termite starring in the Gerald Ford role of our Watergate pastiche brings little joy.
Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writing in the email thingie at Axios leads with:
Republicans close to the White House fear that Tuesday’s revelations could take President Trump into a legal or constitutional realm where his staff and supporters can’t save him.
…and Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) email thingie starts with:
YES, THERE IS TALK ABOUT IMPEACHMENT — It’s hushed right now, and almost all off the record — but it’s there, and it’s Republicans who are beginning to grapple with the real — but far off — possibility that the president might’ve gone too far this time. That’s not to say President Donald Trump will be impeached, but the prospect is beginning to creep into Republicans’ minds, and it’s noteworthy that they are not ruling it out. There’s a sense Mike Schmidt’s story that Trump aked Jim Comey to drop an investigation into Mike Flynn is going to have drastic consequences for everyone in the White House.
NYTimes tries to explain Obstruction of Justice to us:
While it can be a murky task in court to interpret the obstruction statutes, … impeachment proceedings are different. … As a practical matter, the Constitution’s standards for impeachment and removal of a president — if he has committed ‘treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors’ — are met by anything that a majority of the House and two-thirds of the Senate are willing to vote for.
So, Pence is screwed until 2018.
WSJ Editorial board (Gasp!): “Loose Lips Sink Presidencies”
“The state of the Trump Presidency has been perpetual turbulence, which seems to be how the principal likes it. The latest vortex is over Mr. Trump’s disclosure of sensitive intel to the Russians—and whatever the particulars of the incident, the danger is that Presidencies can withstand only so much turbulence before they come apart. …Millions of Americans recognized Mr. Trump’s flaws but decided he was a risk worth taking. They assumed, or at least hoped, that he’d rise to the occasion and the demands of the job. If he cannot, he’ll betray their hopes as his Presidency sinks before his eyes.”
And then, of course, Grifters Gotta Grift: the Russian Usurper shows us how seriously he is taking all this: he is fundraising off of this latest misstep via email to his army of orcs and trolls:
“You already knew the media was out to get us. But sadly it’s not just the fake news… There are people within our own unelected bureaucracy that want to sabotage President Trump and our entire America First movement.”
…so I think we know what his defense is: get the orcs riled up to frighten Greater Wingnuttia with primary challenges. It could work, they are the source of whatever political power he has.