Impeachment: We have lift off! Sort of. But that’s okay.

Not with a bang but a whimper.

That’s how T. S. Eliot completed his sentence This is the way the world ends… in his celebrated poem The Hollow Men. It could also be a finale to the sentence, This is how impeachment starts… 

After 200+ days of beseeching House Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings — and, following the release of the Mueller report, screaming at them to get started — we suddenly found out on Friday that an “impeachment inquiry” has essentially begun. As with so many other things when it comes to the courts and Congress, it can all be very confusing.

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McGahn won’t testify before Congress. Not a problem.

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The White House has informed the House Judiciary Committee that it will bar former White House Counsel Don McGahn from testifying in response to the committee’s subpoena. That might seem like a problem for the Committee’s probe into possible obstruction of justice by Trump. But it shouldn’t be.

It’s not a problem because McGahn’s extensive eyewitness accounts of presidential obstruction of justice are already on the record in the Mueller report , even in the redacted version that has been made public. Continue reading “McGahn won’t testify before Congress. Not a problem.”

Impeach already!

My weary 2-year old son after an Impeach Nixon march and rally in Washington, DC in 1974.

Impeach the corrupt, lying, criminal in the White House already! What the hell are you waiting for, Congress?

Oh, right, you’re all waiting for the unredacted Mueller report so you have “all the facts” before proceeding. A noble sentiment. Hollow words. There is ample evidence in the redacted version of the Mueller report. If not for a Nixon-era Department of Justice memo — a memo for crying out loud — that opined a sitting president cannot be indicted, Mueller himself would have likely pressed a charge of obstruction of justice. Instead, we have a Congress obstructing justice. Continue reading “Impeach already!”