According to Pat Buchanan, writing at The American Conservative, President Trump has some leverage of his own going into impeachment proceedings. None of these has anything to do with the evidence for or against Trump’s actions in “Ukrainegate.” There is, however, powerful information Trump can use to weaken the arguments of his enemies. These are:
- Adam Schiff’s clearly partisan demeanor
- Investigations of the FBI and CIA over the beginning of “Russiagate,” and
- an inquiry into the counter-intel investigation of George Papadopoulos
Pat writes (abridged):
As Trump has himself conceded, impeachment is probable, even if the outcome of this historic collision between the president and Congress, which will decide the fates of Pelosi, Trump, and Biden alike, is as of yet undetermined.
Yet in this struggle, Trump is not without assets.
The first is Adam Schiff, who has become the prosecution’s face in the impeachment battle. This is good news for the White House. For Schiff’s visceral hatred of Trump and desire to see him impeached, convicted, deposed, disgraced, and imprisoned is a matter of record.
As long as Schiff heads up the impeachment inquiry, many will see it as simply a savage, partisan, and vindictive exercise.
There are also two potentially explosive inquiries into the roots of the Mueller investigation that are well-advanced. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been looking into allegations that the FBI and DOJ abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to launch the probe and kick-start the Russia investigation.
The Horowitz report is expected to be released within weeks.
U.S. Attorney John Durham has also spent months investigating the origins of the counter-intelligence investigation of Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos.
Among Durham’s questions: were intel agents of Britain, Italy, and Australia enlisted to spy on Americans by U.S. intelligence agencies? For any counterintelligence operation against a presidential campaign would have required a sign-off by then-president Obama.
Russiagate consumed the first three years of Trump’s presidency. “Ukrainegate” and impeachment give promise of dominating the fourth.
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