Donald Trump’s rambling (doddering??) six-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the eve of his impeachment has been widely — and selectively — excerpted in the press. But to get a glimpse into Trump’s mind, you should read the whole thing.
According to the New York Times, “Some of the president’s closest advisers were involved in drafting the letter, but they did not include Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel who will play a large role in a Senate trial.”
“Instead, Eric Ueland, the director of the Office of Legislative Affairs, led the process, with input from Stephen Miller, the president’s top policy adviser, who often scripts many of Mr. Trump’s public remarks. Michael Williams, an adviser to Mick Mulvaney, the president’s acting chief of staff, also weighed in, and Mr. Ueland’s draft was framed over the last few days.”
Despite the efforts of that brain trust, the letter reads like the rantings of an aggrieved, combative, cornered animal trying to make lofty-sounding rhetoric. But don’t take my word for it, read it here.