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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 08:51 PM

Not Fast Enough

Good stuff from Josh Marshall at TPM.

I’ve said a number of times that I think impeachment under the present circumstances is a mistake. There are two reasons. The lesser of them is the near impossibility of removing President Trump from office. The greater one is that moving quickly toward impeachment rather that holding it as a cudgel in the process of on-going investigation gets in the way of aggressive investigations. If people want to apply pressure, that’s where to apply it. Yesterday it was revealed that Chairman Cummings had agreed to delay the Oversight Committee’s subpoena deadline until after a court hearing on May 14th, when a court holds a hearing into President Trump’s suit against Cummings and the Trump’s accounting firm Mazars USA.

This is a mistake.

We shouldn’t ignore the rising and escalating series of subpoenas and testimony demands the House is making. Nor should we think that Cummings doesn’t have his heart in the fight. He’s been among the most aggressive. I think the reason for the delay is out of a generalized deference to a judicial process – something that isn’t a bad thing in itself or in general. But the President is throwing up a barrage of frivolous and baseless refusals to comply with lawful congressional inquiries with the clear goal of simply running out the clock or grinding all the committees to standstill.

In that context, any delays are a mistake.


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