The New York Times got hold of the draft of Republican defense of Donald Trump in the ongoing impeachment inquiry investigating his evident extortion of the Ukrainian government. There is also his withholding United States aid and a presidential meeting with the at-war ally. This all as Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, and other administration officials pressured them to publicly announce “investigations” of two conspiracy theories aimed at undermining U.S. intelligence reports of Russian election interference and damaging one of Trump’s potential 2020 election opponents.
According to the Times, the report is nothing more than a 123-page written version of what top Trump defenders Reps. Devin Nunes and Jim Jordan have been attempting to gaslight the public with since the beginning of the inquiry. It recognizes none of the evidence against Trump, declares all those that have spoke out to provide that evidence to be secretly or unsecretly working to undermine Dear Leader, and insists that even if Trump did do all the things the evidence now documents he did (for example, the “transcript”), it is because Donald Trump, yes, that Donald Trump, was so consumed with worry over Ukrainian corruption that he was justified in asking for two very specific public “investigations” that would just happen to mesh absolutely perfectly with his own campaign plans.
So it appears, unsurprisingly, that the deeply crooked House Republicans are fully vested in defending Trump’s use of his office for personal gain, yet again, and will not be backing off the Nunes-Jordan plan of simply declaring that none of the testimony, from any quarter, is valid. This is while top witnesses and collaborators in the scheme, from chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the White House lawyers that worked to bury the evidence, each assert an “absolute immunity” to investigations of the United States Congress.
The Republican defense report is not likely to make much difference except as repository for the party’s upcoming talking points. We can expect to hear that (Republican) presidents are allowed to break certain laws, that Congress is forbidden to so much as investigate, that there is a new absolute immunity of any and all members of the executive branch to subpoenas if Donald Trump says there is, and that all of the things the public heard in public impeachment proceedings to date did not, in fact, happen. Just as has happened repeatedly, the defense will be adjusted with each new revelation—for example, when further testimony of Rep. Devin Nunes’ own efforts to solicit “Biden” material on a European trip was arranged by one of Giuliani’s now-indicted associates.
It is a party that is not only devoid of shame or reason, but which nurtures and in fact requires the same traits in the public. The Republican defense is simply that all those who have damaging information about Dear Leader are naturally his enemies and must therefore be dismissed. That’s what they’re going with, and if you want a more solid defense of state corruption and international extortion than the one Recently Revealed Co-Conspirator Dude and Child Molestation Enabler Guy have piped up with you aren’t going to be getting it anytime soon.