So many people believe that the Mueller Report is a roadmap for Congress to follow to ITMFA, and that is where the real question stands: will the Dims pull the trigger? Nancy Pelosi is as good at political calculus as they come, she seems to be currently opposed and so I think that Betteridges Rule of Headlines will apply: No.
“‘Apparently it’s not criminal to help foreign agents carry out their plans to disrupt an election,’ said [Clinton 2016 Goat Rodeo] campaign manager Robby Mook. ‘I wish instead of just relitigating the past we would spend some time crafting laws to prevent this in the future.’ … Clinton spokespeople Jennifer Palmieri and Brian Fallon tweeted that impeachment hearings ought to be opened.”
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie (emboldening is theirs):
“– CAPITOL HILL DEMOCRATS we spoke with Thursday believe Trump has done enough to deserve impeachment, even though they won’t say it publicly. The president tried to curb the Mueller probe on multiple occasions. They know they can’t remove him from office — they’d need 20 Republican senators — and they know that impeachment is not popular. So they’re kind of stuck…
“…HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI scheduled a caucus conference call for Monday, and wrote this in a letter to her colleagues from Ireland, where she is on congressional travel: “The Mueller report states, ‘We concluded Congress has authority to prohibit a president’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice,’ which ‘accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law.’ Congress will not be silent.”
Under normal circumstances, the Dims would be in a pretty good shape for the 2020 Goat Rodeo.
- Polling shows most voters think that Trump is crooked, and clearly the report does not exonerate him, regardless of strategic hire AG Bill ‘Low’ Barr’s attempt at spin.
- Trump may avoid impeachment (and by DOJ rules, indictment) while squatting in the White House, and if we all lived and played by the same rules, he would be a deeply damaged 2020 Goat Rodeo contender, and by contamination would bring down the other Republicans.
But we don’t live in a normal world anymore and obvious grifters and brigands are on the upswing, and clearly the Rule of Law does not exist any longer. c-ya, bye.
Holding a trial to impeach Trump will fail and he will be emboldened to steal everything not nailed down. NOT holding impeachment hearings will embolden him and he will steal everything not nailed down, and whoever inherits the throne (The First Shady or Junior Mints) will be even more imperial. And yes, if the Electoral College remains they will “win” election.
So we are on our way to becoming a banana republic one way or the other. We’re totally eff’ed in the dark.