There are at least ten reasons why the Democratic impeachment “inquiry” is a euphemism for an ongoing coup attempt.
1) Impeachment 24/7. The impeachment “inquiry,” supposedly prompted by the president’s Ukrainian call, is simply the most recent in a long series of “coups” that sought to overturn the 2016 election and thus preclude a 2020 reelection bid. The pattern gives away the game.
Usually the serial futile attempts to abort the Trump presidency — with the exception of the Mueller Dream-Team debacle — were each characterized by about a month of media-driven hysteria. We remember the voting-machines-fraud hoax, the initial 2017 impeachment effort, the attempt to warp the Electoral College voting, the Logan Act, the emoluments clause, the 25th Amendment, the McCabe-Rosenstein faux coup, and various Michael Avenatti–Stormy Daniels–Michael Cohen psychodramas.
Ukraine then is not unique, but simply another mini-coup attempt that follows the last failed coup and that will presage another coup to take its place when it too fails to remove Trump.
All of these efforts reflect a desperate effort both to reverse the 2016 election and to preclude a 2020 reelection effort, and, barring that, to drive down the Trump polls to the point of making him delegitimized. A week after Trump was elected, the Wall Street Journal reported that intelligence agencies were withholding information from their president. “Anonymous,” in a September 5, 2018, New York Times op-ed, bragged of an ongoing “resistance” of high-ranking government officials seeking to stonewall Trump. As soon as Trump was inaugurated, Washington lawyer and former Obama official Rosa Brooks was publicly raising the possibility of a military coup to remove him. Retired admiral William McRaven recently called for Trump to be gone — “the sooner, the better.”
Mark Zaid, the lawyer for the whistleblower, in his arrogance, long ago at least told the truth when he chose the words “coup” and “rebellion” to characterize left-wing efforts to remove Trump. He admitted that the coups would fail (given their lack of legality), but that they would still be followed by successive efforts. In a sane world, with this “bombshell” disclosure, the entire whistleblower caper would now simply vanish.
2) Whistleblowers Who Are Not Whistleblowers. The “whistleblower” who prompted this most recent iteration of attempted Trump removal is no whistleblower by any common definition of the noun (i.e., “an individual who, without authorization, reveals private or classified information about an organization usually related to wrongdoing or misconduct. Whistleblowers generally state that such actions are motivated by a commitment to the public interest.” — Encyclopaedia Britannica). He has no incriminating documents, no information at all. He does not even have firsthand evidence of wrongdoing, much less proof of suspect conduct within intelligence agencies that alone would prompt a legitimate appeal to the Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community.
Instead, the whistleblower relied on secondhand water-cooler gossip about an illegally leaked presidential call. Even his mangled version of the call did not match that of official transcribers. He was not disinterested but had a long history of partisanship in general, and concerning Ukraine in particular. He was a protégé of many of Trump’s most adamant opponents, including Susan Rice, John Brennan, and Joe Biden. He did not follow protocol by going first to the inspector general but instead caucused with the staff of Adam Schiff’s impeachment inquiry. Neither the whistleblower nor his doppelgänger Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, who both professed strong pro-Ukrainian sympathies during their past tenures associated with the Obama administration, were bothered by the activities of the Bidens or by the Obama decision to stop arms deliveries to Ukraine. Their outrage, in other words, was not about Ukraine but over Trump.
It is highly unlikely that there are any plans to call the whistleblower or recall Vindman in person before any committee, because their usefulness as instigators of “impeachment” has already passed, and both are now rank liabilities. Their inconsistencies and past partisan affiliations offer only vulnerabilities.
3) First-term impeachment. The Clinton and Nixon inquiries were directed at second-term presidencies in which there were no more electoral remedies for alleged wrongdoing. In contrast, Trump is up for election in less than a year. Impeachment then seems a partisan exercise in either circumventing a referendum election or in damaging a president seeking reelection.
4) No Special Counsel Finding. In the past, special counsels have found felonious presidential behavior, such as cited in Leon Jaworski’s and Ken Starr’s investigations.
In contrast, Special Counsel Robert Mueller spent 22 months and $35 million, and yet his largely partisan law and investigative team found no collusion and no actionable presidential obstruction of that non-crime. We are not just proceeding with impeachment without a special counsel’s finding of wrongdoing, but after a special counsel’s finding of no actionable wrongdoing.
5) No Bipartisanship. There was broad bipartisan support for the Nixon impeachment inquiry and even some for the Clinton impeachment. There is none at all for the Schiff impeachment effort, given its overtly partisan nature.
6) Impeachment without High Crimes or Misdemeanors. There is no proof of any actual Trump crime.
No longer is Nancy Pelosi describing the whistleblower as central to the impeachment inquiry. Asking a corrupt foreign head of state to look into past corruption is pro forma. That Joe Biden is now a candidate for president and Trump’s potential rival does not ensure him exemption from his possible wrongdoing in the past as vice president when his son used the Biden name for lucrative advantage in leveraging Ukrainian money for assumed preferential Obama-administration treatment.
In other words, it is certainly not a crime for a president to adopt his own foreign policy to fit particular countries nor to request of a foreign government seeking U.S. aid, with a long history of corruption, that it ensure it has not in the past colluded with prior U.S. officials in suspicious activity. A president can appoint or fire any ambassador he chooses, all the more so when one has a known record of partisanship. It is not a crime to disagree with House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff when he says that White House officials must testify when he so summons them.
The irony is that while the House politicizes impeachment, the IG of the Justice Department, Michael Horowitz, and lifelong civil servant and federal attorney John Durham are likely to show concrete evidence that the now-exempt Obama administration used the powers of the FBI, CIA, and DOJ, unethically if not illegally, to attempt to destroy the candidacy, transition, and presidency of Donald Trump — still the current object of yet another political coup.
7) Thought Crimes? Even if there were ever a quid, there is no quo: Unlike the case of the Obama administration, the Trump administration did supply arms to Ukraine, and the Ukrainians apparently did not reinvestigate the Bidens. As a matter of general policy, Trump has been far harder on Russia and far more concretely supportive of Ukraine than was the Obama administration. That stubborn fact is ipso facto evidence that if there was any quid pro quo, it was more likely a matter of Biden rather than Trump pressuring the Ukrainians, given the actual quite different results: Again, the Trump administration armed the Ukrainians; Obama and his administration did not. Thought crimes are still not impeachable offenses.
8) Different Standards of Justice. There is now no standard of equality under the law. Instead, we are entering the jurisprudence of junta politics. If an alleged quid pro quo is an impeachable offense, should Vice President Joe Biden have been impeached or indicted for clearly leveraging the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor for dubious reasons by threats of withholding U.S. aid?
Should Barack Obama have been investigated for getting caught on a hot mic offering to be flexible after his reelection on missile defense if Vladimir Putin would give him some space? In fact, Russia did not embarrass Obama during the subsequent 2012 successful Obama reelection effort, and Obama did shelve joint Eastern European missile-defense plans.
So there is no consistency in presidential audits. Would the Obama administration have welcomed or even tolerated congressional requests to turn over all its emails, private phone conversations, and memos concerning covert meetings of U.S. and Iranian officials that surrounded the nocturnal transfer of $400 million in cash for the release of American hostages — with much of such money ending up in the hands of Hezbollah terrorists? Would the Obama administration have complied with requests for texts and transcripts surrounding its decisions to halt Eastern European missile defense?
This whole Impeachment is illegal after all Trump has not done anything Impeachible but Obama diid but the dirty democrats are ignoring the whole thing and the Jackass needs to have 25:000 Volt cattle prod taken to it
That’s 10 facts that prove Democrats don’t care about the Constitution and, if given enough power, they would completely dispose of it. Had Hillary won and been enabled to put two more rabidly liberal justices on the Supreme Court, that is exactly what would have happened.
Even a light watching of the impeachment hearings gives you the impression it’s the Democrats on trial, not Trump.
Which is true.
The investigation leading to the resignation of Richard Nixon lasted for more than two years.
@Nathan Blue: Listening to the Democrats, they all, like Schitt did, like to editorialize what the evidence shows and insert their favorite crime into the discussions, even though no such crimes have been implied or evidenced. Jordan tore their asses up, though, making it clear that for all the accusations Democrats have made, Trump has provided more and better quality aid than Obama ever did. I especially liked his questioning of Taylor as to if he was WRONG when he testified, based on what he had “heard” that “clearly” Ukraine would have to provide a televised promise to investigate Biden to receive the aid, since they never did and the aid was delivered and how Taylor could characterize Trump’s support as a “deterioration” when it was more than Obama ever did.
Although, it must be said, the Democrat’s case, based on butthurt, is so weak I imagine almost anyone could destroy it.
Demosthenes, you remember him, about 300 B.C. noted: “stop the tongue, block the mouth, choke people, and make them silent.” no different then as it is today: as demonstrated by the new american communist party formally known as the demorat party
And the Mueller investigation was longer than that, resulting in complete exoneration.
The Dems have exhausted the patience of the voters, and are poised to lose the House as a result. The re-election of Trump is certain, as many Dems are on record as agreeing with.
@Deplorable Me: Jordan is the man.
There is a formal, criminal probe still ongoing about Democrat collusion for both the election and the Russia hoax.
Schiff et al are just laying a smokescreen to try to keep the dwindling voting base they have, which is already paltry.
Rep. Jim Jordan is the former Ohio State wrestling coach who ignored multiple complains about an Ohio State doctor who sexually abused 177 male students over a period of two decades, which included Jordan’s own 9 year tenure.
Possibly ignoring things becomes easier with practice. With Trump, there’s a lot to ignore.
You’ve now got something new to ignore. Trump’s Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller, who just got outed as a White Nationalist.
The entire Democrat party ignored Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein and Jeff Epstein abusing women and children. I don’t thing you can pretend outrage over the false allegation against Jordan well enough to be convincing.
Maybe you should clean up your own back yard first.
Good news! Mark Sandy, of Office of Management and Budget, has broken ranks and agreed to testify to congressional impeachment investigators. Everyone else there has thus far ignored subpoenas. This could be important, as Sandy reportedly questioned the legality of Trump’s order to block all aid to Ukraine and was then replaced by Michael Duffy, who had no such qualms. Duffy refused to comply with his congressional deposition request.
@Greg: Grasp them straws. How many “bombshells” have you seen fizzle?
Any proof on that?
That’s the typical character assassination conjecture you Dems engage in when you can’t win an argument.
Anyway, we have laws…not thugs like you who can imprison people for made up charges…like the Nazis and like the Soviets.
Meanwhile, in reality, Jim Jordan destroyed the impeachment inquiry and the Dems are dead in the water.
I hope you have a bucket for all the liberal tears your going to shed on election night…
Ignoring these things must become easier with practice.