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They’re going to have to face it they’re addicted to Trump

The House Democrats have decided on a public process for impeachment of Trump that begins with a vote. That vote will be the first one where all members of the House, Democrats and Republicans will be required to put their votes where their mouths are.

Per usual, the Republicans are overcome with hysteria.

Last week, they were bereft because the process was carried out in “secret”. Yes, those skulldugerous Democrats were hiding out in a secret room in the basement torturing witnesses without the Republicans having any idea what was going on. Except, the committees that took the depositions were chock full of Republicans, some of whom actually bothered to show up for those sessions.

Now the Republicans are throwing themselves against the walls and whining that the depositions are invalid because they were held in secret. Not a problem, Adam Schiff says. We’ll just have them repeat their testimony in public.

That’s not good enough for Republicans because they say Democrats have been leaking the testimony and making the president look bad.

I was almost falling for this (no I wasn’t) until I remembered that the Republicans who attended those hearings in the SCIF had plenty of opportunities to leak testimony that exonerated the President’s actions and what did we hear from them? {{crickets}}.

Nothing about this process has been improper. The hearings were done in the SCIF to protect information that might have affected national security. Grand juries are conducted behind closed doors until the jury feels it has enough information to issue indictments.

This is where we are. Schiff has all the data he needs. He’s getting some additional witnesses today but he didn’t need the whistleblower after all. There were plenty of officials who volunteered to tell all they knew.

Now it’s time for the rest of us to hear it. So Republicans have to wail and gnash their teeth and tear their garments in anguish and grief hoping the noise will be a distraction.

What are they so afraid of? Are they terrified that the truth will show that they’ve clung to Trump for far too long? Are they afraid they can’t give him up because someone even crazier in their districts might challenge them? Are they worried that Trump is where the money is and they will lose without it?

This is a strange addiction. Trump isn’t really a movement conservative. He’s a self interested wannabe crime lord. There’s not a principle he won’t abandoned to ensure that his base admires him. His crap administration’s bad policies are going to catch up with all of us soon. Do Republicans really want to be chained to him when that happens?

What would happen if they let Trump defend himself?

What’s the worst that could happen?


Addendum: Twitter is noisy with clips from Laura Ingraham on Fox and Sean Duffy on CNN speculating that Colonel Alexander Vindman, who is testifying today, could be a double agent since he is a naturalized citizen who was born in Ukraine and immigrated here when he was 3.

Ok. Let’s go with that for a second.

If Vindman being a double agent were even remotely possible, how is it that he has the security clearance he has and why is he working in the White House?

Are we saying that the White House security clearance process is so lax that we could have an asset working for a foreign government getting complete access to all of our foreign policy initiatives and secrets? Is that what you’re saying, Laura and Sean?

Just curious as to why he wasn’t dismissed a long time ago and tried for espionage.

Not that it hasn’t crossed Trump’s mind recently…

I think we know the answer to that question.