Wednesday, December 18, 2019

"Absolute Embarrassment"

Twelve months ago, following former the testimony of former FBI director James Comey before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight Committee, President Trump responded in characteristically juvenile fashion. Posing as the language-challenged guy next door, he tweeted in part "Democrats can't find a SMOCKING GUN tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey's testimony. No Smocking Gun... No Collusion."

"Smocking" twice; nice touch for a guy with a $100 million private jet with a gold-plated commode posturing as the president of the common man. However, in retrospect, the scoop of the segment (to which the tweet links) of Anderson Cooper 360 came when White House reporter Jim Acosta revealed (beginning at 1:21).

I did talk to a source close to the President who said earlier this evening that the President has expressed concern that he could be impeached over some of these issues that you just talked about. He said, quote, it's a real possibility, according to this source but at this point he doesn't see it as certain...

And it wasn't certain for several months afterward. Since that time, though, many journalists, pundits, and others speculated that not only was the President not concerned that he would be impeached, but that he welcomed it.  Nevertheless, we now have strong video and oral evidence, from a fellow from the same shop as Acosta and Cooper, that suggests Trump must have feared his own impeachment:

Although President Trump will respond to being impeached in an obnoxious, belligerent, and dishonest fashion, we may not know for awhile how it, followed by acquittal or dismissal of the charge in the Senate, will affect the 2020 election. But legacies matter. And now we do know to a reasonable certainty that he has been dreading this fate, which is only one of the reasons House Democrats had to take this action.

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