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Impeachment is a formality

Trump already confessed to the crime on the memo/transcript of the call with the Ukrainian prime minister that he released-- his impeachment is a formality. Asking a foreign leader for a private favor to "get" a political opponent. Trump had no business asking, he's not the AG investigating crimes, and in a foreign country (there is no possible national interest here)-- so he is clearly guilty, and presumably that's why Nancy Pelosi proceeded with the inquiry.

Using the office of the President for private purposes is a high crime clearly understood by the founders of the nation.

But did he violate any actual law? Yes indeed:
LII Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) Title 5. Administrative Personnel Chapter XVI. OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS Subchapter B. GOVERNMENT ETHICS Part 2635. STANDARDS OF ETHICAL CONDUCT FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH Subpart G. Misuse of Position Section 2635.702. Use of public office for private gain.
(a)Inducement or coercion of benefits. An employee shall not use or permit the use of his Government position or title or any authority associated with his public office in a manner that is intended to coerce or induce another person, including a subordinate, to provide any benefit, financial or otherwise, to himself or to friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity.

Ukrainegate is Trump's homage to Watergate

and Nixon: an attempt to use the government and other means to denigrate political opponents, and then a coverup to prevent anyone from learning what happened. Barr is Trump's Attorney General equivalent of Mitchell. The difference is that Nixon and his men were far more intelligent. Trump doesn't even understand fully how deeply he has messed up.

Are there websites that compare the aggregate plans for each candidate in terms of benefits/costs?

I find it difficult to get the whole picture comparing the benefits that are proposed with the costs and the specific taxes needed to implement.

In addition, showing the changes in GDP ($19 trillion/year in 2017), government costs ($4.1 trillion in 2017), and government revenue ($3.4 trillion in 2017) would be very useful in determining how people will be affected and whether plans are affordable as proposed.

Tables for each candidate with programs, costs and taxes would be very useful.

Is there such a website or blog?
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