“Overwhelming” Case Against Donald Trump Released

UPDATE: Rep. Joe Neguse weighs in:

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Donald Trump.

The Hill reports, it’s all out in the open now:

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released a lengthy report on Tuesday outlining their weeks of evidence-gathering as part of the impeachment inquiry, laying out in granular detail their allegations that President Trump abused the power of his office.

The 300-page report does not recommend specific articles of impeachment — a task under the charge of the Judiciary Committee — but it paints a damning portrait of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and hints strongly that those actions merit his removal from office…

“The evidence is clear that President Trump used the power of his office to pressure Ukraine into announcing investigations into his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and a debunked conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 election,” three House Democrat chairs said in a statement.

“These investigations were designed to benefit his 2020 presidential reelection campaign.”

Rep. Joe Neguse, Colorado’s Democratic point man in the impeachment process on the Judiciary Committee, is in Madrid for the United Nations climate change conference, but we expect to hear from him as soon as it’s appropriate. We’re settling into our easy chairs with the full 300 page report, but the executive summary’s first paragraph makes it clear that Democrats don’t consider this to be a close case:

The impeachment inquiry into Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States, uncovered a months-long effort by President Trump to use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election. As described in this executive summary and the report that follows, President Trump’s scheme subverted U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine and undermined our national security in favor of two politically motivated investigations that would help his presidential reelection campaign. The President demanded that the newly-elected Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, publicly announce investigations into a political rival that he apparently feared the most, former Vice President Joe Biden, and into a discredited theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 presidential election. To compel the Ukrainian President to do his political bidding, President Trump conditioned two official acts on the public announcement of the investigations: a coveted White House visit and critical U.S. military assistance Ukraine needed to fight its Russian adversary.

With Republicans already out with their pre-buttal of this report’s conclusions, the lines are clearly drawn for the next step, which is to draft articles of impeachment to be voted on by the full House. Democrats got everything they hoped to and more from November’s public hearings, validating the substance of their allegations and more broadly making a compelling case that what happened here indeed was a high crime worthy of nation’s highest political penalty.

Whether or not the Republican Senate has the will to acknowledge, let alone act on these findings is less important now to Democrats than ensuring every swingable voter in America knows the score before elections now less than a year away. The better Democrats prove their case now, the worse it will be for Republicans politically when they vote to protect Trump as we all expect them to do.

And this is where we note perforce that some unexpected turnabout could always be lurking.

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  1. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Meanwhile in farm country: 

    Soybeans Fall for Eighth Day in a Row on Lack of China Trade Deal

    The precipitous fall in the soybean market continued yesterday, falling for the 8th day in a row. It was down another 6 ¼ cents on Monday to $8.70 ½ on the January contract. Market analyst John Zanker with Risk Management Commodities in Lafayette, Indiana explains the tumble.

    “Well the funds have thrown in the towel. I think we’ve just, collectively, gotten a little bit irritated I with the lack of any kind of a Chinese trade deal… lots of talk weekly that maybe we’re close, only to be followed by a statement from somebody that it’s not quite there. We’ve been going through this for 17 months, so I think the big money has thrown in the towel.”

    • Blackie says:

      But didn't the farmers get who they voted for?

      • unnamed says:

        The big business farmers did.

        • Blackie says:

          A lot of smaller family farmers did also, not only in Colorado, but I know some up in both Dakotas that thought Trump was the second coming and are getting burned almost daily. 

          They are just barely hanging on to farms that have been in the family for a hundred years or more years.

          • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

            It is difficult to separate those who voted for The OD because they bought his economic baloney from those whose primary attraction was his racist, misogynistic, homophobic, etc. tropes. I suspect in many cases it was both

            The farmers and citizens of the small towns that are supported by them are nestled squarely in the middle of the echo chamber. Bombarded by an endless storm surge of resentment from every direction, they are easily misled. And now they are on welfare. 

            We, here in the house at the edge of the world, never miss the U.S. Farm Report. Early Sunday morning. I recommend it.

            • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

              Thanks to our budding hemp industry, CO is one of the top states attracting young farmers back to the land.  But this isn't enough, not by a long shot.  The Secretary of Ag recently said "get big or get out" – all while the fastest growth in the food sector is screaming exactly the opposite.  

              This is cognitive dissonance (both political and market) at biblical levels. 

              'They're Trying to Wipe Us Off the Map.' Small American Farmers Are Nearing Extinction

              In the American imagination, at least, the family farm still exists as it does on holiday greeting cards: as a picturesque, modestly prosperous expanse that wholesomely fills the space between the urban centers where most of us live. But it has been declining for generations, and the closing days of 2019 find small farms pummeled from every side: a trade war, severe weather associated with climate change, tanking commodity prices related to globalization, political polarization, and corporate farming defined not by a silo and a red barn but technology and the efficiencies of scale. It is the worst crisis in decades. Chapter 12 farm bankruptcies were up 12 percent in the Midwest from July of 2018 to June of 2019; they’re up 50 percent in the Northwest. Tens of thousands have simply stopped farming, knowing that reorganization through bankruptcy won’t save them. The nation lost more than 100,000 farms between 2011 and 2018; 12,000 of those between 2017 and 2018 alone.

          • VoyageurVoyageur says:

            We've had our farm for 132 years.  But after me it goes to the knackers.

            • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

              Sorry to hear it, V. 

              Much of my childhood was spent bucking hay, hoeing tobacco, cleaning the barn, and all those things farm kids do. We occasionally lived with a porcelain toilet.😊

              The demise of the family farm has been on a long arc, but perhaps there is hope. The Cargills, ADMs, Hormels, et al have abused the American consumer. Maybe the blowback will stimulate a new generation of people who want to live that close to the land and grow good food.

              As the predictiions of Aldous Huxley (among others) continue to materialize, the corporations may no longer be the way we go to provide for our sustenance.

               

               

  2. itlduso says:

    Consider facing a jury trial for a crime you did not commit.  I think any Trump supporter in the jury pool should be preemptively removed due to their inability to distinguish between fact and fiction.  

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    We can only hope and pray that it’s more overwhelming than the case against voting for the fucking criminal was in 2016???!

  4. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Moscow’s Bitch, Mitch says: “whatever”.

  5. kwtreekwtree says:

    In Fleming, wind farms, which could provide clean energy and much-needed revenue for family farmers via lease payments, are controversial.

    Misinformation has taken hold, and it's sad to see. 

  6. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    On the update — you link to The Hill article, and I was wondering if they would mention the report's inclusion of one of The Hill's staff (now gone) — John Solomon. To their credit, they did:

    The call records, obtained under subpoena from AT&T, also included the time and duration (but not the content) of calls placed between Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer; Lev Parnas, a Soviet-born business associate of Giuliani’s; and John Solomon, a conservative columnist, formerly with The Hill, who published a series of articles pushing debunked theories about U.S.-Ukraine relations.  [my emphasis]

     

  7. ModeratusModeratus says:

    There's no case. There's a majority of Democrats in the House who can't accept the result of the 2016 election and are afraid of what's going to happen in 2020. The impeachment will fail and Americans will re-elect Trump in 2020. All the experts predict this now. Democrat candidates are terrible. The people support Trump and the impeachment hearings haven't changed anything.

  8. unnamed says:

     President Donald Trump is unpopular. In fact, through 1,048 days, his average approval rating is back to being the very worst of the polling-era presidents. According to FiveThirtyEight, he’s at 41.6%; the next worst at this point was Barack Obama at 44%. Disapproval ratings tell an even worse story: At 53.5%, Trump is the only president through 1,048 days topping 50% (with Obama again the next-worst at 49.7% and no one else above 42%).

    Strong support you got there nutlid.  And your track record for prognostication is really bad.  

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