Speaker Pelosi is scheduled to bring the impeachment inquiry authorization to the House floor today, outlining the official process going forward. The momentous vote is occurring as a parade of Trump administration officials continue to visit the House impeachment committee’s closed depositions, apparently giving strong testimony corroborating earlier witness testimony while adding damning new evidence of a conspiracy in the White House to extort Ukraine.
One former Trump official with potentially damaging information is John Bolton, who has now been officially summoned to testify to the impeachment inquiry, though it’s not yet clear that he will appear without a fight. As Lawrence O’Donnell noted last night on MSNBC, Bolton has a strong financial incentive to avoid public testimony. It’s been reported that Bolton is writing a book about his time in the Trump White House, and anything he discloses to Congress and the public will lose much of its value as an element of his tell-all book. Sad that our political future could rest on the greed of the recipient of a lavish book deal.
A lot of polling has been conducted lately to gauge public reaction to impeachment, and one of the more interesting polls came out two days ago. A Grinnell College National Poll found that “81 percent of Republicans, 85 percent of evangelical Christians and 87 percent of voters living in rural areas agreed that it was unjust for a U. S. politician to ask other countries’ governments for help to win an election.” The impeachment process is about to enter a public phase and if the evidence of Ukraine extortion is compelling, it could convince some Trump voters that he indeed committed an unforgivable act.
In other big news, Twitter announced yesterday that it will no longer accept paid political ads. Rather than try to police ads for content and attempt to determine what is true or false, Twitter decided to reject the entire enterprise and avoid controversy. The move will certainly cost the company ad revenue, but it’s also great PR and will give the company bragging rights. It might also draw more users to Twitter who are fed up with the blizzard of political ads still allowed on Facebook. Of course, the pressure is now greater on Facebook to follow suit and stop political advertising. But Mark Zuckerberg may be too greedy, inflexible, stubborn or prideful to consider changing course. We will see.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office” if he isn’t removed first.