Here is a thought experiment to help test this prediction: Imagine that the Senate simply postponed its recall vote – and that we have now had the opportunity to update impeachment articles.
Based on Trump’s behavior this year and what we have learned from his past actions, do we have anything to add?
Article 1: Negligence, leading to the death of thousands of Americans, in the management of the novel coronavirus.
Wait, you say to yourself. Blatant incompetence, perhaps – but since when is incompetence a high crime and an offense?
Okay, let the incompetence – the planning failure, the early dismissal of warnings, the gullible acceptance of Chinese crimes – let it all go.
What makes Trump’s response inaccessible is the deliberate and conscious endangerment of the American people for selfish political ends. The president refused to recognize the danger because he did not want the stock market to collapse. He told the American people that the virus would only “go away. “Otherwise, he urged people to”releaseTheir states rather than follow public health guidelines – again, as he believed that the revival of the economy was essential to his re-election.
Article 2: Abuse of repressive powers.
Assisted and encouraged by his attorney general, Trump fired American lawyers from DC and the Southern District of New York, who had not been attentive enough to his whims. He quashed career prosecutors to release the former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to a crime of perjury, and supported a light sentence for longstanding cronyism Roger Stone.
He promised the Turkish strongman that he would end the lawsuit against a Turkish bank, “explaining that prosecutors in the southern district were not his people, but that they were [Barack] The Obama people, a problem that would be solved when they were replaced by their people, “as former national security adviser John Bolton tell in his book.
Trump has ordered federal law enforcement officers to violate peaceful protesters’ First Amendment rights to allow a photo opportunity near the White House. He deployed the Ministry of Justice to request a prior deduction from the publication of a book which he did not like. He applied the antitrust division to disadvantaged companies.
Article 3: Abuse of his power of appointment.
Since February, Trump has launched a rampage of retaliation against anyone who told the truth to House investigators last fall or, before that, tried to prevent his original sin in Ukraine. He fired Michael K. Atkinson, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community who forwarded a whistleblower complaint at Congress. he kick Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman quit his White House job – with his twin brother, for good measure – and now threatens to block Promotion of the Vindman Pentagon. he ousted Deputy Secretary of Defense John Rood, Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire and the Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland. he nixed Appointment of Elaine McCusker as controller of the Pentagon. He dismissed or replaced inspectors general who reported on the administration’s inadequate response to the coronavirus or who were able to take responsibility elsewhere.
Article 4: Abuse of power in foreign affairs.
Perhaps the most appalling violation of human rights in the world today is the cultural genocide that China is waging against the Muslim people who live in its far west. Chinese dictator Xi Jinping has locked up more than a million people in concentration camps.
At a meeting last June, said Bolton, “Trump said Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do.”
Bolton’s story is consistent with what Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) recently told Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC. When she urged Trump to raise the issue of camps, Pelosi saidTrump replied, “I spoke to President Xi. I told her about it. And he said they like to be in these camps. “
Yes, Trump may be obtuse enough to believe it. And maybe obusity is no more impenetrable than incompetence. But consider Bolton’s explanation for Trump’s motive: he begged the dictator to buy American agricultural products to facilitate his re-election.
What elements fit perfectly with – remember this one? – retain a White House meeting of the democratically elected President of Ukraine to extort land from his 2020 Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
This is the theme of each updated article of our indictment: putting personal and political gain above the interests and values of the nation.
Which, in turn, tells you everything you need to know about what Trump “learned”.