Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie) mornin email thingie leads with:
UNLIKE THE BYZANTINE RUSSIAGATE ALLEGATIONS, the latest charge — that the president repeatedly tried to get a foreign leader seeking military aid to investigate a political opponent — is not hard to understand. It’s about the actions of Trump himself, not his aides or former campaign nobodies. At this point, the facts are pretty much in the open and agreed to: The president has practically admitted he discussed Biden with Ukraine’s president, and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani has been open about pressing the Ukrainians to investigate Biden’s son Hunter. Now it’s up to Congress to figure out how to proceed.
SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI understands the caucus’ moods better than anyone, and her letter Sunday — which said the president needs to hand over the whistleblower report now, or else — was a rifle shot that should not be underestimated.
And then continues:
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE for the Trump White House. If they don’t produce the whistleblower report within days — maybe a week — Democrats are going to be under extreme pressure to move toward impeachment. Thursday will be an important day to watch: That’s when Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, is testifying in an open hearing.
THE PRESIDENT SAID HE’S CONSIDERING releasing a transcript of the phone call in question. From what we heard in the last few days, that’s not going to be enough for Democrats. They want the whistleblower report, and if they don’t get it, that’s going to be problematic.
The NYTimes fills in the blanks:
“President Trump acknowledged on Sunday that he raised corruption accusations against former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. during a phone call with Ukraine’s leader, a stunning admission as pressure mounted on Democrats to impeach Mr. Trump over allegations he leaned on a foreign government to help damage a political rival.
“In public and in private, many Democrats said the evidence that has emerged in recent days indicating that Mr. Trump pushed the Ukrainian government to investigate Mr. Biden, and his administration’s stonewalling of attempts by Congress to learn more, were changing their calculations about whether to charge him with articles of impeachment.”
So Scissorheads and other decent people immediately can spot the difference between this and the Russian investigation: this is Prznint Traitor hisself doing the deed, not some catchfart. That’s a big difference.