My birthday present on December 7, 2018: the United States Department of Justice alleged in writing – almost certainly with corroboration in its back pocket – that Trump directed Cohen to violate campaign finance laws.
Then, two days after Trump becomes an officially acknowledged corroborated co-conspirator to a federal felony, like Richard Nixon, NBC’s Chuck Todd spends his next program with Senator Rand Paul.
A journalistic disgrace.
The contrast with Martha Radditz on ABC could not be more dramatic.
ABC had a legal panel that included Chris Christie, who actually explained to lay viewers what the events of this week meant legally.
To make matters worse on NBC, then the only elected official on the other side was Senator Angus King, who apparently has come from the mountaintop to tell us that we must risk two more years with this charlatan at the helm and let “let the people decide” in 2020, I guess regardless of the charlatan’s disregard for the constitution and the rule of law.
Impeachment is a critical part of our system of checks and balances. In our constitutional system, without checks and balances there is no rule of law.
Angus King treats impeachment like the crazy uncle. When there is a crazy uncle in the White House, impeachment is no longer the crazy uncle.
Unlike the case of the Clinton impeachment, this conspiracy was not meant to hide prior wrongdoing. This was wrongdoing that occurred just weeks before the election, and it was ABOUT the election.
Donald Trump had long since been known to be a womanizer – actually promoting the attention of the New York tabloids on the topic over the years of his divorces and affairs – even to the extent of posing as his own publicist on the phone to gain more media attention on the subject. So this was not about protecting his reputation or his family. This was about defrauding the voters in 2016 just before an election, and doing it by subverting the federal election disclosure laws.
The rule of law must prevail. We do not need politicians to lecture us on its limitations at this time. We have enough of this obfuscation coming from the White House, the Kremlin, and Tiananmen Square.