On Sunday, we noted that Donald Trump was “drowning in bullsh*t”, a reference to his derisive characterization of the multiple investigations into his campaign, his businesses and, ultimately, his presidency.
Trump’s “bullsh*t” declaration was delivered during a wild, hours-long Saturday rant in front of the MAGA faithful at CPAC, which was even more cartoonish than usual this year.
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In an interview with ABC over the weekend, Jerry Nadler told George Stephanopoulos that The House Judiciary Committee would be issuing document requests to at least five dozen people from Trumplandia.
Long story short, the sweeping requests may be the beginning of an effort by House Democrats to build a case for impeachment. Here’s what Nadler told ABC:
We have to do the investigations and get all this. We do not now have the evidence all sorted out and everything to do an impeachment. Before you impeach somebody, you have to persuade the American public that it ought to happen. You have to persuade enough of the opposition party voters, Trump voters, that you’re not just trying to steal [or] reverse the results of the last election. We may or may not get there. But what we have to do is protect the rule of law.
As it turns out, we were wrong to suggest that “five dozen” people would be receiving document requests. It’s actually more than six dozen.
Here are the 81 individuals and entities receiving document requests related to the committee’s investigation into potential constitutional abuses and public corruption by the president, his associates, and members of his administration:
As you can see, that is a veritable who’s who, and it includes Don Jr., Jared Kushner, David Pecker, the inaugural committee, Allen Weisselberg and The White House.
Of all the big names on that list, Weisselberg is potentially the most dangerous for the president. We spent a ton of time documenting why that’s the case over the weekend.
Nadler’s probe covers three things:
- Obstruction of Justice, including the possibility of interference by the President and others in a number of criminal investigations and other official proceedings, as well as the alleged cover-up of violations of the law;
- Public Corruption, including potential violations of the emoluments clauses of the U.S. Constitution, conspiracy to violate federal campaign and financial reporting laws, and other criminal misuses of official positions for personal gain; and
- Abuses of Power, including attacks on the press, the judiciary, and law enforcement agencies; misuse of the pardon power and other presidential authorities; and attempts to misuse the power of the Office of the Presidency.
As NBC notes, “each topic could form the basis of an impeachment effort of Trump by the Democratic-controlled House, though Nadler and committee aides stress that they begin their inquiry without that specifically in mind.”
Here, “specifically” is what Nadler “has in mind” (from a statement issued Monday):
Over the last several years, President Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms. Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee. We have seen the damage done to our democratic institutions in the two years that the Congress refused to conduct responsible oversight. Congress must provide a check on abuses of power. Equally, we must protect and respect the work of Special Counsel Mueller, but we cannot rely on others to do the investigative work for us. Our work is even more urgent after senior Justice Department officials have suggested that they may conceal the work of the Special Counsel’s investigation from the public.
This is bad news for the administration – unequivocally. That probably goes without saying, but in the interest of driving the point home, we’ve embedded the letters and document requests sent to Weisselberg and Don Jr. below so readers can get a feel for just how serious the Democrat-controlled House is taking this.
The bottom line for the president is that without GOP protection in the House, things are about to get really dicey – and that’s not a partisan assessment. It’s just a statement of fact.
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