This tweet fluttered past last night and jumped out at me (And yes, I know that it was not an acquittal, it was a cover-up):
Since the acquittal:
1. Removal of two witnesses who testified against him.
2. Pushes prosecution of Bolton.
3. Sends Giuliani for more dirt.
4. Interferes in Roger Stone sentencing
5. Threatens prosecution of other “enemies”
Do you think @realDonaldTrump learned his lesson yet? pic.twitter.com/uQXWJz5C69
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) February 11, 2020
“This is an unsettled time in Mr. Trump’s Washington. In the days since he was acquitted in a Senate trial, an aggrieved and unbound president has sought to even the scales as he sees it. Colonel Vindman was abruptly marched by security out of the White House, an ambassador who also testified in the House hearings was summarily dismissed, and senior Justice Department officials on Tuesday intervened on behalf of Mr. Trump’s convicted friend, Roger J. Stone Jr., leading four career prosecutors to quit the case.
“More axes are sure to fall. A senior Pentagon official appears in danger of losing her nomination to a top Defense Department post after questioning the president’s suspension of aid to Ukraine. Likewise, a prosecutor involved in Mr. Stone’s case has lost a nomination to a senior Treasury Department position. A key National Security Council official is said by colleagues to face dismissal. And the last of dozens of career officials being transferred out of the White House may be gone by the end of the week.”
Axios scooped that the White House was yanking Jessie Liu’s nomination for a top Treasury post. Liu was the U.S. attorney for D.C., overseeing not only the Stone prosecution but also those of Andrew McCabe and Michael Flynn, and she was due to testify next week.
We really are in uncharted territory now, and there are some arguments we can make that the coup has already happened, and Putin didn’t have to spring for a single bullet to overthrow the United States, and the Republicans are fine with all of it.