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Impeachment, the flip-flopping

January 28, 2020

I see frequent posts on Facebook from Trumpistas proving that Trump must be innocent, because eventually he released the aid to Ukraine, or because of Zelensky’s diplomatic words, or other excuse as thin as a teenager’s explanation for breaking into a stranger’s house. What is more puzzling is the Republican reaction to Bolton. Mulvaney’s lawyer says this:

John Bolton never informed Mick Mulvaney of any concerns surrounding Bolton’s purported August conversation with the President. Nor did Mr. Mulvaney ever have a conversation with the President or anyone else indicating that Ukrainian military aid was withheld in exchange for a Ukrainian investigation of Burisma, the Bidens, or the 2016 election.

See, October was so long ago that Mulvaney forgot his explanation then of what Trump wanted:

Did [Trump] also mention to me in passing the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely. No question about that. But that’s it. And that’s why we held up the money.

And Trump rages. And also forgets what he publicly said just a short few weeks past:

They have the server, right, from the DNC, Democratic National Committee. The FBI went in and they told them, get out of here, we’re not giving it to you. They gave the server to CrowdStrike or whatever it’s called, which is a country — which is a company owned by a very wealthy Ukrainian. And I still want to see that server. You know, the FBI’s never gotten that server. That’s a big part of this whole thing. Why did they give it to a Ukrainian company? … That’s what I asked, actually in my phone call.

There is no missing DNC server. The “they” who say that are right-wing pundits pushing a nonsense conspiracy theory. Asking Ukraine to pretend to investigate such nonsense is as corrupt an act as any in this tragedy.

Though I have some sympathy with Suzanne Garment that the firing of Marie Yovanovitch was bumbled and inexcusable, I’m not sure it stands as cause by itself, rather than being bark burning between the logs.

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