We told you Donald Trumpís Ukraine scandal was going to get a lot worse before his impeachment trial
Donald Trump is pressuring Mitch McConnell to hold a swift Senate impeachment trial and acquittal. Nancy Pelosi is waiting to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate until McConnell makes some concessions toward having a fair trial (or at least one that includes some witnesses against Trump). Even as this chess match plays out, thereís another angle to all of this as well Ė and it just came into play.
The House impeachment hearings brought as much dirt to the surface as possible in Donald Trumpís Ukraine extortion scandal. But before the House hearings, the media had already dug up a bunch of dirt in the scandal. While the hearings were going on, the media found even more dirt. It was a given that after the House hearings ended, the media would uncover even more dirt. Sure enough itís already happening.
Public Integrity has just gotten its hands on documents showing that immediately after Donald Trumpís infamous phone call with the President of Ukraine, the Trump regime began illegally freezing U.S. military aid to Ukraine. The documents further prove that it wasnít mere coincidence, and that there was a conspiracy to keep the whole thing under wraps.
But the House impeachment hearings are already over, you say. Isnít this bad timing? No, itís perfect. The two articles of impeachment are broad enough to stand on their own, even as more details of the criminal plot emerge. The articles donít need to be revisited or revised. This new dirt does, however, make these articles of impeachment more powerful. The more dirt the average American hears from the media about the Ukraine scandal in the coming weeks, the more likely that person is to 1) support impeachment and removal, and 2) want a fair Senate impeachment trial that isnít merely a sham acquittal.
Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans understand this. Theyíll be watching the dirt on Donald Trump get worse and worse in the coming weeks, and theyíll see more Americans in the middle start to side with impeachment and removal. The more time that elapses between now and the start of the trial, the harder itíll be for Senate Republicans to rubber-stamp Trumpís acquittal without putting their own Senate majority at risk in 2020. And if they do acquit him and then even more dirt surfaces, theyíll be punished in 2020 for having acquitted a guy who then turned out to be maniacally guilty.
Thereís an equilibrium when it comes to how long Nancy Pelosi can sit on the articles of impeachment and get the most bang for her buck, in terms of getting concessions from McConnell, and in terms of how much more dirt will surface and make the Senate trial an uglier spectacle, before the public eventually looks back at her and starts asking why sheís been sitting on the articles for so long. But we appear to be quite a ways off from reaching that inflection point, and for now Pelosi holds all the cards. Sheís played this just about perfectly thus far Ė and itís just getting started.
Edited by Ben444 (12/21/1904:26 PM)
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