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CretanBull said:You cleave into the Rat and your axe cuts right through him...his torso falls to the ground and for a brief moment his legs stay standing until gravity takes over and his lifeless legs also fall to the ground.
LordBy said:I read the “transcript” and it is moderately bad. Much worse than I expected given how fast the administration agreed to release it.
Ukraine: I would like to thank you for your great support in the area of defense. We are ready to continue to cooperate for the next steps specifically we are almost ready to buy more Javelins from the United States for defense purposes.
Trump: I would like you to do a us a favor though... [proceeds to reference Hillary’s email server and the Mueller Probe before later going into Biden and asking the President of Ukraine to work with his personal attorney, a part of his campaign and not a part of his administration, on it]
Pretty bad. Especially with Trump personally holding hundreds of millions of dollars of defense aid hostage.
Impeachment Inquiry should invalidate executive privilege based on a Nixon era Supreme Court decision. That should allow Congress to document that the defense aid was being held hostage for leverage against Ukraine for this issue. That is a crime.
Articles of impeachment should include this issue, the worst incidents of obstruction documented by Mueller and fleshed out with testimony from those who were claiming privilege previously, emoluments clause violation which seems like a lay-up and is a path to business and personal financial discovery, his instructing the administration to disregard the law to build the wall faster because he will pardon them if they get caught, campaign finance violation with the Stormy hush money in which he was already documented to be an unindicted coconspirator in a case where a felony conviction was obtained, etc.
The Senate is unlikely to turn on him, but get them on the record that they think this stuff is okay if they won’t grow a spine. Give them several articles of impeachment where they have to vote separately:
Withholding defense aid appropriated by Congress for a country fighting an unlawful invasion by Russia as leverage to get “dirt” on a political opponent. Sure, that seems okay.
Obstructing Justice in an investigation into Russian interference in a US Presidential election. Seems fine.
Instructing people to break the law with the promise of pardons? Sure, why would a president not do that all the time?
Using his office to enrich himself? Yup, totally cool. Foreign money from countries wanting things from the administration? I mean why not, their money spends just as well as domestic money.
Felony campaign finance violation to cover up an extramarital affair with a porn star? Totally different from Bill Clinton trying to cover up a BJ on which several of these senators voted to convict 20yrs ago.
This may indeed backfire on the Democrats in 2020, but at some point you have to go on the record trying to stop this stuff as history will be judging this period later and you have to be able to look at yourself in the mirror and your grandkids in the eyes in the future whether or not you hold on to your seat in the House/Senate.I'm here for this take. There's just a lot of intervening Trump blather that makes the straight line between the military support and investigating Biden a little more crooked and fuzzy than I was expecting.I'm hoping the full complaint and whistleblower's testimony will strengthen the case. As an outsider I think the Democrats are doing the right thing. We all know the right thing can sometimes be costly.