“Trump and attorneys for the House committees that ordered Deutsche Bank, the president’s biggest creditor, and Capital One to turn over years of the president’s financial information jointly asked Southern District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos to delay enforcement of the subpoenas while an appeal is expedited through the courts. Ramos agreed to the request on Monday.”
There is a very smart piece up at Medium that tells us what might be the strategy that the Democrats are following, and it has everything to do with timing:
Trump’s ability to run out the clock could be used against him. For instance, if the Democrats want to play a long game, they’ll do their best against the stonewalling knowing that they can at least keep the issue before the public through the narrow period of time before the primaries or even throughout 2020. Congress could develop articles of impeachment easily enough and set up a trial in the Senate that goes into the new year up to and even into the primaries in which case Trump will be dogged by fresh accusations throughout his quest for the nomination. That’s important because he has challengers in the GOP. So, the key for the Dems is not taking the bait and impeaching too early. Trump knows this too and as time goes by expect his behavior to become more egregious.
It also notes that there are 22 Republican seats “up for grabs” and speculates that it could backfire against the GOP, if “that looks like a sham [trial in the senate] in the face of hard evidence might agitate the electorate,” so we got that working for us too, also.
The piece goes on to explain this in terms of Mohammed Ali’s infamous rope-a-dope boxing strategy:
The Dems already appear to be taking a page from Ali’s book. They’re letting the other side exhaust itself, and the public, doing more and more outrageous things, some of which are clearly against the law. At the same time, each new assault on the Constitution adds to the case they are building.
I have no idea if this is the real calculus, but it does make a kind of grim sense, certainly much better than taking impeachment off the table entirely. Or maybe I’m just another drowning man swimming to a sinking ship?