Whether or not you agree with the allegations levied against President Donald J. Trump, he will almost certainly be impeached today — which makes him only the third sitting U.S. president to be disgraced in such a way. Almost equally certain is the fact that any subsequent trial conducted by the Congressional Senate will be inevitably described by the annals of history as rapid and superficial, at best.
Senate Republicans have been entirely too clear on their impartiality when it comes to getting proceedings over with. But that doesn’t mean that the Senate “trial” won’t go down in history as one of the most important of all time.
Yesterday, Trump wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi an interesting letter about the actions of Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee: “The Articles of Impeachment introduced by the House Judiciary Committee are not recognizable under any standard of Constitutional theory, interpretation, or jurisprudence. They include no crimes, no misdemeanors, and no offenses whatsoever. You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment!”
During his years in office, Trump has gained a reputation for turning allegations of corruption or wrongdoing back toward those who made them, which is why it should come as little surprise that he lambasts Adam Schiff and others in the same letter, describing their “criminal” activities.
He wrote: “Congressman Adam Schiff cheated and lied all the way up to the present day, even going so far as to fraudulently make up, out of thin air, my conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine and read this fantasy language to Congress as though it were said by me. His shameless lies and deceptions, dating all the way back to the Russia Hoax, is one of the main reasons we are here today.”
Senate Republicans who defend Trump have been hard-pressed on the facts, but some have continued to give credit toward a long-ago debunked conspiracy theory that suggests Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election to swing the whole thing for Hillary Clinton. Again, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise, since this is what Trump does. We should have known full well as soon as we uncovered a Russian scheme to turn our election in Trump’s favor that Trump would eventually allege the exact same thing about his political opponent.
And of course Trump propped himself up, once again claiming he was the only one who could have possibly endured the alleged personal attacks.
He continued to write: “There are not many people who could have taken the punishment inflicted during this period of time, and yet done so much for the success of America and its citizens. But instead of putting our country first, you have decided to disgrace our country still further. You completely failed with the Mueller report because there was nothing to find, so you decided to take the next hoax that came along, the phone call with Ukraine—even though it was a perfect call.”