Who wants to believe that President Trump mentioned Crowdstrike and the Bidens to Ukrainian President Zelensky because he wanted to clear them of any wrongdoing?
I mean after all, Trump said “they say Crowdstrike…I guess you have one of your wealthy people…The server, they say Ukraine has it.” And “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that..” So, to believe Trump, he is saying “they” and “a lot of people” (not him) believe some pretty terrible things about that server and about Joe and Hunter Biden.
Would you believe me if I said his motivation is to clear things up and exonerate Joe?
What if I told you that Sens. Leahy, Durbin and Menendez wanted to exonerate Donald Trump from the Russia investigation, by having Ukraine cooperate with the Mueller probe? After all, they wrote “Ours is a relationship built on a foundation of respect for the rule of law and accountable democratic institutions.” They simply had the Ukrainians “commitment more broadly to support justice and the rule of law” in mind when they penned the letter.
This whole Russia thing, and now the Ukraine thing, it’s political. It’s always been political. If you want to believe that Trump’s motives for withholding nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine was solely as quid pro quo money to investigate the Bidens, then that’s what you will believe, and there’s evidence to back it up.
If you want to believe that Trump wants the Europeans to pay their fair share and he uses American aid to make that case more emphatic, there’s ample evidence to back that up too.
And both could be true.
I really think there’s no path out of this impasse, except one that Trump himself may–though there’s evidence against it–want. Impeach him.
Donald Trump is no stranger to the courtroom. Many wealthy people, especially in real estate and construction, get sued a lot. But Trump is in a class by himself. For his entire career since 1973, Trump has been in and out of lawsuits involving the government (notably the Justice Department), business partners, vendors and customers.
Trump has the distinction as the only individual to have successfully sued the NFL on the basis of monopoly control of professional football and won. Of course, he destroyed the USFL in the pyrrhic victory–one dollar with triple damages awarded, so a total of three dollars–but that’s quite a feat nonetheless.
In everything from neckwear to hocking get-rich-quick real estate classes, Trump has spent hours in court answering questions about things he might have, might not have, or can’t recall, saying or doing.
In an impeachment trial in the Senate, the man who summons all attention to himself like the inexorable pull of the accretion disk of a black hole, would have the ultimate stage. He’d be asked a series of questions about conversations, events, and motivations in the most heavily documented office on earth. And he’d be able to create confusion beyond our wildest imaginations.
We all want to get to the bottom of whether Trump is the Bad Orange Man or just a MAGA warrior who’s willing to take on the Machiavellian Deep State forces opposing him. I think, in his own gut, Trump wants to have an amazing season finale to Season One of his presidency.
The best way to save Trump from the ennui of division, and from these endless accusations, is to impeach him.
For those of us living in a sane reality outside Fox News late-night shows, or CNN conspiracies, there’s another reason. If Trump is not called out for the behavior he’s already demonstrated, and he wins a second term (which is absolutely a huge possibility), imagine what we’ll see in Trump Season Two.
Better to hack this out now, and get it over with. The popcorn industry, and the media, may never have such an opportunity again.