By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) Anyone with even a modicum of fairness is well aware that Democrats and their media allies have been angling to impeach President Donald Trump since before he took office.
Some of the most obnoxious Democrats including Reps. Al Green of Texas and Maxine Waters of California have been shouting for or pushing for impeachment for most of the president’s tenure.
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Democrats finally got their way after taking control of the House in the 2018 midterms, using a conjured ‘scandal’ involving a ‘quid pro quo’ with the Ukrainian government that never happened, according to materials released by the White House and impeachment inquiry ‘witness’ testimony revealed under cross-examination by Republicans.
But no sooner than the GOP-controlled Senate voted to acquit the president of the two articles of impeachment supported only by Democrats in the House, word began circulating that Impeachment 2.0 was already in the offing.
Maybe by happenstance but more probably by design, The New York Times gave us a glimpse into what might trigger the next impeachment drive: ‘Bombshell’ leaks from former diplomats and other personnel Trump is currently purging from his administration.
You recall that on Friday following Thursday’s acquittal the president wasted no time in dismissing Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his twin brother from the National Security Council. The former Vindman was, of course, a Democrat impeachment witness who claimed, falsely, that Trump had erred legally and constitutionally over his badgering of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in an unsuccessful attempt to get him to open a corruption investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden.
Most Republicans in the Senate, the Times tells us in a Sunday story, had no issues with Vindman’s dismissal. They understood that some statements he gave to Adam Schiff’s secret squirrel hearings in the basement of the Capitol were ‘overtly political’:
Republicans considered some of Colonel Vindmanâ€™s comments during his testimony overtly political and, in any case, believed it was untenable for him to remain on the staff of a president with whom he broke so publicly.
Rather, at least four GOP senators — Susan Collins of Maine, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, and Martha McSally of Arizona — reportedly tried to talk Trump out of dismissing U.S. Amb. to the EU, Gordon Sondland, the Times claimed. The paper said they advised the president to simply let Sondland leave on his own terms, because he was planning to do so anyway.
The president refused, however, because he wanted Sondland (pictured, above) — whom he rightfully sees as someone who betrayed him — out sooner rather than later. So when Sondland refused to resign on Friday, stating the president would have to fire him, Trump obliged.
In addition to Vindman, his brother, Army lawyer and Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, who was counsel for the NSC, was also dismissed though he played no known role in Alexander’s testimony. Both of them are headed back to the Pentagon.
But the subtle undertone of the Times’ report was clear — more impeaching is on the way — when it noted a few additional details.
First, other impeachment witnesses have “quietly” left the White House in the past few days, fearful, perhaps, of the president’s wrath:
Other witnesses who testified have quietly left their positions in recent days. Jennifer Williams, a career official working for Vice President Mike Pence,Â asked to return earlyÂ to the Defense Department. Marie L. Yovanovitch, the ambassador to Ukraine removed from her post last spring because she was seen as an obstacle to the president and his associates, retired from the Foreign Service. And her acting successor, William B. Taylor Jr., returned home as well.
Now, unencumbered by their loyalties to the White House and in need of a new source of income, the Times suggested that more ‘Bolton-style bombshells’ could be on the way:
Some of these witnesses may begin to speak out. Mr. Taylor has given a series of news media interviews in recent days. And Ms. Yovanovitch has enlisted the Javelin literary agency, picking the same agents who represent John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, among others.
Trump was obviously unmoved by the alleged pleadings of the GOP senators. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise. The man has endured one deep state attack after another since taking office, and he appears to be fed up with taking the ‘wait-and-see’ approach to governing.
Impeachment 2.0? Bring in on, in other words.
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