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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Nothing else you read today will be as important as this. A corrupt Supreme Court already signaling its support for the GOP’s plan to lock in Republican political dominance against the threat of future majorities.

I’ve hinted at this in a few posts. It’s time to confront it head on. The White House isn’t doing the standard tussling with Congress about oversight: some stonewalling, some negotiation, taking some questions of privilege to court. It’s more accurately characterized as massive resistance. The Congress has a constitutionally mandated responsibility to oversee the executive branch. They are flatly refusing to comply with ordinary document production and testimonial requests across the board. It’s not a difference of degree but of kind. In itself it is an impeachment worthy refusal to follow the constitutionally mandated framework of American government. It’s up to Democrats to make this clear.

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Before border militia leader Larry Mitchell Hopkins was arrested over the weekend after detaining migrants trying to cross the border (he was arrested on a firearms charge) the FBI learned that Hopkins was telling people he and his militia “were training to assassinate George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, because of these individuals’ support of Antifa.”

If you haven’t read the first part of the Mueller Report, I recommend reading it. You’ve probably heard and understood that it doesn’t exonerate President Trump. It gives a pretty narrow verdict that there wasn’t enough evidence to “establish” coordination or conspiracy – basically not enough evidence to indict. But that frankly doesn’t capture what’s actually in the report.

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I’ve been exchanging emails with various TPM Readers over the course of the day. If anything it’s tending to confirm my sense that the intra-Democratic acrimony over impeachment is driven less by disagreement than the understandable intensity of people’s feelings and anger over President Trump.

For example I’ve had a number of readers take issue with my viewpoint on this or ‘Democratic leaders’ (I scare quote only to make clear it usually isn’t specific to an individual) say, “No one is saying he should be impeached right away!”

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TPM Reader GM chimes in on impeachment

I’m a former Republican who worked on several state and federal campaigns including as director of research against ***** in 2000 for *****. I fled the GOP before Trump but still retain enough GOP-ness to simply shake my head at the debate among Democrats about impeachment.

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In the rush of debate and intra-Democratic acrimony about impeachment over the weekend, I wanted to link back to this post from last August. Some of the details are different. But the gist is really the same. Many people who are furious at the President’s crimes and coverups want him impeached right now and think anything short of immediate of articles of impeachment amounts to some kind of civility fetish or refusal to fight his lawlessness. That’s not true. The problem with immediate impeachment is that it takes focus away from investigations which can actually have an effect. I would add that if you want to take the existing and on-going investigations and rebrand the Judiciary committee’s probe as an impeachment inquiry, fine, whatever — as long as it is truly open-ended and can run indefinitely. In any case, I encourage you to read this post.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a Jewish comedian who plays the President of Ukraine on TV, has been elected President of Ukraine by a landslide margin of 73% of the vote, according to a just released exit poll.

TPM Reader RS chimes in …

At the ripe old age of 68 and as one living in the southern U.S., I am the prototype Trump supporter. Problem is, I can’t stand the man; I can’t stand to see him and I can’t stand to hear him. Put simply, he makes my skin crawl! I, like many of your readers, have been disappointed by the Democrats’ seeming cowardice when it comes to standing up to Trump’s shenanigans.

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