The Republican party continued to struggle to respond yesterday to direct questions about Trump’s Ukraine debacle, avoiding questions like, “is it okay to ask a foreign power to dig up dirt on a political rival?” Meanwhile another chapter of the scandal unfolded as two associates of Rudy Giuliani were arrested and indicted on campaign finance violations for using a “straw man” to hide foreign donations to US politicians. The indictment came from the Southern District of New York feds, who noted that the investigation is ongoing and there could be more indictments. The pair were apparently at the center of Giuliani’s mission to press Ukraine to dig up dirt on Biden, an effort that included getting the Ukraine ambassador and other career officials out of the way so the conspiracy would not be opposed nor leaked. It’s easy to imagine that Rudy is at grave risk here. Here’s coverage from WaPo:
Despite mounting evidence of a criminal conspiracy to trade US aid for dirt on Biden involving many Trump and Giuliani associates, national GOP groups continue to pin their fortunes on belittling the impeachment inquiry and calling Democrats who support impeachment “crazy” and “obsessed” and “reckless.”
The Communications Director for Indivisible (national) released the latest message that their political gurus tested and now want us to hammer home, along with a meme:
We know Trump pushed Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 elections. He used US military aid to pressure them to dig up dirt on his political opponent. Then he tried to cover it up. If the average person did this, they’d go to jail. We must move forward with impeachment because nobody is above the law.
As each day passes and new evidence emerges, the GOP plan to bash impeachment will ring more and more hollow. The case is already clear and convincing, as the polling data confirm. Public opinion has swung dramatically in favor of impeachment. As of last night, a FOX news poll showed that 51% of voters favor impeachment and removal from office. This is a game changer, and if the Democrats continue to push the facts and uncover more misdeeds, the numbers for Trump will only get worse.
Trump held another hate rally last night and seemed especially wired and unhinged, slinging more insults and lies than usual. He continued with the “impeachment hoax” phrase and “they want to cancel your beautiful vote” garbage, but to anyone not a Trump cultist, it sounded like a lot of resentful “blah blah blah.” At this point, when Trump speaks it’s mostly angry noise.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office” if doesn’t get thrown out first.