We’ve been here before. The Democrats in charge of the Trump impeachment follies have promised the Left red meat only to deliver impossible burgers. (RELATED: Democrats’ claim about Giuliani phone call in doubt: Report)
The latest purported game changer is a message scribbled on Ritz-Carlton Vienna stationery that reads “Get Zelensky to Annonce [sic] that the Biden case will Be Investigated.”
The note is one of a number of documents released on Tuesday by the House Intelligence Committee that, according to the Washington Post, destroy “Trump’s claims of innocence.”
These new documents demolish at least three key defenses to which Trump and his allies have been clinging: that he was really fighting corruption when he pressured Ukraine on matters related to the Biden family; that Hunter Biden should be called as a witness at the Senate impeachment trial; and that there’s no need for a real, honest-to-goodness trial in the Senate.
Esquire is already licking its chops, predicting that the texts, many of which are authored by Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, are not “the last hound to be unleashed.”
Among the questions that should be raised is why, if this evidence is so compelling, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff sat on it through the entire impeachment spectacle in the House. Another is whether introducing it now, on the eve of a Senate trial (shades of Dianne Feinstein sitting on the Blasey-Ford accusation until it looked as though Brett Kavanaugh would be confirmed), is an admission that the Democrats’ case against the president is weak.
As for the evidence itself, Sean Davis of the Federalist nicely summarizes its import:
An undated note from a guy indicted on multiple federal charges of fraud and conspiracy who's already fabricated evidence in a desperate attempt to get an immunity deal from Schiff and Pelosi so he can avoid prison? That's the new smoking gun? LOL. https://t.co/xnnEsZUqo1
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 14, 2020
A party can dream!