Trump’s Biggest Crime Against America

“All of these arguments, ranging from the weak to the false, obscure the core reason for the impeachment inquiry, which is that the Trump administration was engaged in a conspiracy against American democracy. Fearing that the 2016 election was a fluke in which Trump prevailed only because of a successful Russian hacking and disinformation campaign, and a last-minute intervention on Trump’s behalf by the very national-security state Trump defenders supposedly loathe, Trump and his advisers sought to rig the 2020 election by forcing a foreign country to implicate the then-Democratic front-runner in a crime that did not take place. If the American people could not be trusted to choose Trump on their own, Trump would use his official powers to make the choice for them.”

Adam Serwer

Trump Facing 15 Investigations

15

“President Trump is facing a hurdle no other president has — an unprecedented onslaught of investigations into almost every recent organization he has led,” Politico reports. “In total, Trump faces at least 15 criminal or civil inquiries by nine federal, state and city agencies into his business, his charity, his campaign, his inaugural committee and his personal finances.”

Ukraine Paid Cohen for Access to Trump

$400,000

Michael Cohen “received a secret payment of at least $400,000 to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump,” sources in Kiev close tell the BBC. “The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine’s leader, Petro Poroshenko, the sources said, though Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by US law.”

Most Think Trump Attempted to Obstruct Justice

49%

A new Public Policy Polling survey finds 49% of voters think President Trump obstructed justice, to just 41% who don’t think he did. Also interesting: Only 37% of voters say they think Trump is honest, as compared to 56% who say he’s not. And for the second month in a row a plurality support for impeachment: 47% are in support compared to 43% who are opposed.