And just like that – Impeachment is on the table. There are so many pieces to this story so let’s take them gradually over time. Today – we have to deal with BuzzFeed News.
BuzzFeed is a website that traffics in gossip, fashion and culture. But once in while it breaks a big story via reporters Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier. And this is a major story. Click here Mom.
The story says the president of the United States told his personal lawyer to lie to the House Intelligence Committee about the details of a Trump real estate project in Moscow. If that is true, it means the president has committed two felonies – obstruction of justice and subornation of perjury. That is a “high crime” as the Constitution puts it.
I have been a skeptical voice in all the Trump noise, telling liberal friends to focus on the crime, not cable news blather that may be gratifying but not relevant to the welfare of the country.
Having covered federal courts for newspapers in Nashville and D.C. in the old days as a reporter, I had to understand things like subornation of perjury, which is someone (Trump) telling someone else (Cohen) to lie under oath.
This same charge happened with the impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon. Both told aides to lie to Congress and federal investigators to save themselves from their own misdeeds.
Clinton was impeached by the House but not convicted by the Senate. Nixon resigned before the House could impeach him.
Democrats rightly have been resisting calls to initiate impeachment proceedings. They know it would look bad politically. So they are waiting for the Mueller investigation to drop.
Remember – Mueller knows everything on this issue. He knows whether the BuzzFeed story is true. He has all the phone records, emails, texts and everything he needs to inform the Congress and the public about what is true and what is not.
I am an admitted NY Times/Washington Post groupie so I give you this. IF the NY Times/WashPost confirms the BuzzFeed story that the president of the US pressured Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, Republicans will face a terrible political problem. Do they continue backing Trump to protect themselves politically? Or do they begin to abandon him? Keep your eye on Fox News on this story. If they confirm it and begin to move against Trump, the president is in big trouble.