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Clearly, Trump is now looking for kompromat to discredit his opponent Biden, to take revenge for his friend Paul Manafort, who is serving seven years in prison. We do not investigate Biden in Ukraine, since we have not received a single official request to do so.

Anton Geraschenko, the Ukrainian government official who would oversee such an investigation.

President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, urging Volodymyr Zelensky about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, on a probe.

The Wall Street Journal

Much as he did three years ago — when he asked Russia to hack the emails of his Democratic rival — President Trump on Friday seemed to make a similar request of Ukraine, all but urging the Eastern European nation to investigate Joe Biden, his potential Democratic opponent.

For Trump, controversial public disclosures have became almost routine, with the president saying the potentially scandalous part aloud. It is a form of shamelessness worn as a badge of protection — on the implicit theory that the president’s alleged offenses can’t be that serious if he commits them in full public view.

The Washington Post

The president asked a foreign power to help him win an election. Again.

Hillary Clinton

The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint.

White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has been engaged in the matter since shortly after the whistleblower action surfaced, officials said, helping to identify legal obstacles to the sharing of information that could be politically damaging to Trump.

The Washington Post

I do think that we will have to pass some laws that will have clarity for future presidents. A president should be indicted, if he’s committed a wrongdoing — any president. There is nothing anyplace that says the president should not be indicted. That’s something cooked up by the president’s lawyers. That’s what that is. But so that people will feel “OK, well, if he — if he does something wrong, he should be able to be indicted.”

Nancy Pelosi

A president is sitting in the Oval Office, right now, who continues to commit crimes. He continues because he knows his Justice Department won’t act and believes Congress won’t either. Today’s news confirmed he thinks he’s above the law. If we do nothing, he’ll be right.

Elizabeth Warren

It is high time for Congress to do its duty, in the manner the framers intended. Given how Trump seems ever bent on putting himself above the law, something like what might have happened between him and Ukraine — abusing presidential authority for personal benefit — was almost inevitable. Yet if that is what occurred, part of the responsibility lies with Congress, which has failed to act on the blatant obstruction that Mueller detailed months ago.

Congressional procrastination has probably emboldened Trump, and it risks emboldening future presidents who might turn out to be of his sorry ilk. To borrow John Dean’s haunting Watergate-era metaphor once again, there is a cancer on the presidency, and cancers, if not removed, only grow. Congress bears the duty to use the tools provided by the Constitution to remove that cancer now, before it’s too late. As Elbridge Gerry put it at the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, “A good magistrate will not fear [impeachments]. A bad one ought to be kept in fear of them.” By now, Congress should know which one Trump is.

George Conway and Neil Katyal

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9 Comments

  1. ebdoug wrote:

    I could listen to George Conway all day. I still think his wife is the leaker and is playing the part of believing what Trump says.

    Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 9:25 am | Permalink
  2. Wildwood wrote:

    I like Pelosi, but I totally disagree with her stance on impeachment. The Dems need to grow a pair. They have let the other side walk all over them for many long years and it’s time to fight back and do what’s right for this country. I wish I had a third party that would have enough power to do something. I’ve never been a huge fan of term limits, but I think the time has come. Someone who is only going to be there for one term has nothing to lose by fighting back.

    Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10:49 am | Permalink
  3. James wrote:

    To build on Wildwood’s commentary, this is precisely why it is unacceptable to simply back any old Democratic candidate as long as they beat Trump. If Obama had addressed the crimes of the Bush 2 regime, we wouldn’t be in the crisis we are now. Put another way, how long will the rest of the world allow our toxic combination of lawless and spineless politicians to wreak havoc on the world.

    Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 12:49 pm | Permalink
  4. Iron Knee wrote:

    I think you two might be missing the point of this stream of quotes. As everyone knows, impeachment is doomed because the Senate will never convict Trump. If your idea of growing a set of balls is to merely tilt at windmills, then we will just have to agree to disagree.

    Instead, Pelosi is pointing out that it should be possible to indict a sitting president. That would be a criminal investigation and trial. IMHO, that would be far better than impeachment, because it does not depend on the Senate.

    Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10:19 pm | Permalink
  5. Hassan wrote:

    What is the “right” thing to do per constitution and ethical standards? That is to impeach Trump in house. Political calculation shows that the matter is partisan rather than constitutional.

    Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 9:45 am | Permalink
  6. Wildwood wrote:

    Then indict him dammit. If that is what she thinks then why has it not happened?

    Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 10:50 am | Permalink
  7. Iron Knee wrote:

    Whew, you need to take a breather. It is not the legislative branch that indicts people, it is the judicial branch. And they move slowly.

    James seems to have wanted Obama to have just thrown Bush 2 in jail.

    What concerns me here is that your response to Trump acting like a dictator is to have the Democrats act like dictators. That is a very bad idea. As they say, two wrongs do not make a right. The rule of law is important, and if the Democrats abandon it they are no better than Trump and the Republicans.

    If following our constitution and our laws qualifies as being spineless, then I’m all for it.

    Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 10:07 pm | Permalink
  8. paradoctor wrote:

    Impeachment is honorable. When Moscow Mitch shuts it down, then hang it around his neck.

    Monday, September 23, 2019 at 10:15 am | Permalink
  9. Wildwood wrote:

    IK, I’m just venting. It’s too late to impeach. I’m mad at the spineless Dems for not acting sooner. Regardless of the senate, his crimes need to be shouted from the rooftops. But if he gets a second term, then ramp it up and at least let the public know, even those who live their lives totally unaware of politics, just who he is. And I do think there is a fair chance he will be reelected.

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 9:24 am | Permalink

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