The House vote to embark upon impeachment is the least surprising thing to happen since Donald Trump’s election.
If you didn’t know we would see this day, you have not been paying attention, or even trying to.
While the Constitution gives some guidance on impeachment, even the founders acknowledged it as a political act: Hamilton wrote in the Federalist papers that “impeachable acts” may be “political”.
Meaning, you’ll know it when you see it, and how you see it.
Trump’s detractors have erased and rewritten their reason for impeachment so many times that there’s a hole in the paper, but currently it’s the July 25 phone conversation with Ukraine president Volodomyr Zelensky.
Here’s some food for thought, though.
Former Attorney General Mike Mukasey wrote last month in the Wall Street Journal about the other thing that happened on July 25.
The DOJ put out a news release. Take it away, General:
“A Department of Justice team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham is separately exploring the extent to which a number of countries, including Ukraine, played a role in the counterintelligence investigation directed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. While the Attorney General has yet to contact Ukraine in connection with this investigation, certain Ukrainians who are not members of the government have volunteered information to Mr. Durham, which he is evaluating.”
He goes on to cite Andrew McCarthy’s new book, “Ball of Collusion”. “During the 2016 campaign the Federal Bureau of Investigation tried to get evidence from Ukrainian government officials against Mr. Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, to pressure him into cooperating against Mr. Trump. When you grope through the miasma of Slavic names and follow the daisy chain of related people and entities, it appears that Ukrainian officials who backed the Clinton campaign provided information that generated the investigation of Mr. Manafort—acts that one Ukrainian court has said violated Ukrainian law and “led to interference in the electoral processes of the United States in 2016 and harmed the interests of Ukraine as a state.”
Old: “What’s Ukraine doing helping Trump?!”
New: “What did Ukraine do to help Clinton?!”
Nothing will prevent Republicans, and other interested parties, from “groping through the miasma” and, in the meantime, Durham is methodically plowing through his investigation.
Did you notice that part about Ukrainian citizens being in touch with John Durham?
Soon, it may not just be Joe and Hunter Biden who have to account for their dealings over there.
A can of worms is open, and let’s see what comes out. It may not be what you expect.