Viewers would do well to discount the content of impeachment advertisements designed to stampede voters to sway their Congressional representatives. Both sides’ hit pieces, for their slanted views and lack of substance, are more destructive than constructive. Those who produced the ads think little of viewers who likely haven’t heard testimony the House hearings and — more to the point — haven’t seen the context in which witness opinions and assertions were made.
Impeachment has morphed into cheap politics — an attempt to railroad Donald Trump out of the 2020 presidential race before it occurs. Since many national Democrats feel they can’t win the 2020 election, the real motive seems a last ditch effort to obstruct investigation of crimes, hide governmental overreach, and distance themselves from past willful disregard of the law.
One immediate goal is to get the House to vote for impeachment before the December 9th release of the Horowitz investigation and the Durham investigations thereafter. Impeachment won’t save them. An impeachment trial in the Senate will all the sooner reveal evidence House leaders tried to bury in preliminary hearings.
Horowitz and Durham matter because, as columnist David Goldman explains, “The FBI’s investigation of alleged Russian links to the Trump campaign required the FBI to present evidence of foreign intelligence activity to a secret court created under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The sole evidence the FBI brought to bear was a concoction paid for by the Clinton campaign and assembled by a Washington consulting firm, Fusion GPS.”
In that light, former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy concludes. “The only thing resembling evidence – i.e. made to look like authentic intelligence reporting – was the Steele dossier. …The blanks were filled in by unverified tales from the unidentified sources of Christopher Steele, a British spy who perfectly reflected the transnational-progressive pieties of his Fusion GPS collaborators, his Obama - administration admirers, and his global network of current and former spooks.”
Besides politicians, others who will be damaged by the reports are career officials at the State Department, FBI, and CIA who backed the bureaucratic state over the Constitution. Still others damaged will be those in the national media whose willful blindness led to false narratives that undermined real news.
The media selectively reported testimony as fact when it was only opinion. They conflated 2016 with today. They ignored how those involved had been complicit in previous Ukrainian duplicity and cover-up.
The country will be better served waiting for the Horowitz and Durham investigations before considering any impeachment trial vote. It might save the political future of several representatives across the country.