We have been waiting or this to happen, and now it has.
(If you forgot what was revealed in the Buzzfeed story the other day you can refresh your memory by clicking here.)
Courtesy of The Atlantic:
“If the @BuzzFeed story is true, President Trump must resign or be impeached,” Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, wrote on Twitter. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy weighed in, too. “If Mueller does have multiple sources confirming Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress, then we need to know this ASAP,” he wrote. “Mueller shouldn’t end his inquiry, but it’s about time for him to show Congress his cards before it’s too late for us to act.” Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley followed up on Friday morning: “If this report of Trump suborning false testimony is confirmed, then Trump committed a felony and must resign or be impeached,” he wrote. “This is obstruction of justice,” Democratic Representative David Cicilline, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told CNN. “If the facts are true, this is suborning perjury. It’s an impeachable offense.” Representative Jamie Raskin, a member of House leadership, told CNN, “This is a completely impeachable offense, if this report is true.” He said Congress would need to hear from “everybody who was involved” in the alleged conspiracy before moving forward with impeachment.
The comments mark a noticeable shift in what had been the standard party line on the possibility of impeachment—that Democrats should wait to act until after Mueller issues his final report. But Attorney General nominee Bill Barr’s refusal to commit to providing Mueller’s findings to Congress and to the public, combined with BuzzFeed’s implication that the president committed a felony while in office, has given Democrats a new sense of urgency—and they won’t necessarily wait to hold Trump accountable, I’m told, if they conclude that he knowingly obstructed justice to hide his involvement in business negotiations with the Kremlin during the election.
It should be noted that the journalists who reported on this story have said they are 100% convinced of its accuracy, and Buzzfeed has said that it has total confidence in their reporting.
Everywhere you look right now folks are talking about impeachment, and for the first time, it feels as if it is inevitable rather than just possible.
If true – and proof must be examined – Congress must begin impeachment proceedings and Barr must refer, at a minimum, the relevant portions of material discovered by Mueller. This is a potential inflection point. https://t.co/iaZmiHgL7L
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) January 18, 2019
Logical and expected based on last night’s news. The president telling his lawyer to lie to Congress, that alone, is grounds for impeachment. https://t.co/LoKHKxgxdm
— Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom) January 18, 2019
.@wolfblitzer: If Mueller has evidence confirming Buzzfeed’s report, would you and House Democrats begin impeachment proceedings?
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) January 18, 2019
This stunning Trump Tower Moscow story establishes a clear case of Obstruction of Justice, a felony. I’ve lost count now how many times @realDonaldTrump has engaged in Obstruction of Justice.
Oh, fyi the first Article of Impeachment for Richard Nixon was Obstruction of Justice. https://t.co/WjsdSAv7lR
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 18, 2019
The site says the @realDonaldTrump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a potential Trump Tower in Moscow.
— Elex Michaelson (@Elex_Michaelson) January 18, 2019
As I said, it appears that the day we have all been waiting for has finally arrived.
P.S. So after I typed all of this up last night, the Special Counsel made the highly unusual move to push back against the Buzzfeed article.
Courtesy of CNN:
“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” said Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller’s office, in a statement.
Originally a lot of reporters were suggesting that the Special Counsel was only pushing back on the portion that claimed they had access to texts, emails, and documents that showed Cohen talking about the deal with Trump and associates.
However, some journalists are saying that with more reporting it appears Mueller is dismissing the whole story.
And that has pleased certain folks quite a bit:
Many people are saying that the Mainstream Media will have a very hard time restoring credibility because of the way they have treated me over the past 3 years (including the election lead-up), as highlighted by the disgraceful Buzzfeed story & the even more disgraceful coverage!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2019
I am not sure how this will impact the talk about impeachment, which of course is what this post was focusing on, but there is still plenty of publicly available undisputed evidence that suggests Trump deserves to be impeached.
I would also caution people from piling on against Buzzfeed until more information becomes available.
Keep in mind that they were similarly attacked for publishing the Steele Dossier, and after over a year that document still stands strong against all attempts to discredit it.
So we will see what happens after Michael Cohen’s testimony on February 7, to determine if Buzzfeed was led astray or if they were simply brushed back for getting too far ahead of where Mueller felt the reporting should be before the report is filed.