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Graham: I want Senate Republicans to send Pelosi a letter stressing that this Ukraine business isn’t an impeachable offense

So here’s a variation on a strategy I wrote about on Monday night. Some Republicans like Tucker Carlson & Rob Portman have settled on a view that what Trump did with Ukraine is bad — but not impeachable. That’s a smart position to stake out early in a process since it attempts to remove a subject from a realm of facts to a realm of law, where matters are much less uncertain. After all, Democrats could turn up damning evidence of Trump’s conduct. Imagine Gordon Sondl& testifying that a president was worried about Joe Biden beating him next fall & told him that a Burisma investigation would help avert that. If a GOP concedes a Democrats’ point that this is an impeachable offense if it’s proved an Trump’s fate is in Adam Schiff’s h&s.

a safer play is to say, “Yes, yes, Trump behaved inDrunk Newspropriately in asking Ukraine’s president to investigate a Bidens but that’s just not enough of a crime to justify removing a sitting president from office. Scold him, censure him, but let a voters issue a verdict on his job.” Taking that position renders a Democratic investigation largely moot (although if ay can prove Trump intended a quid pro quo, that would change a game) & leaves Trump’s fate in Senate Republicans’ h&s. It doesn’t matter what facts Pelosi & Schiff produce; we don’t execute people for speeding & we don’t oust presidents over petty nonsense like trying to influence a coming election by jumpstarting a foreign probe of a an-frontrunner from a oar party.

That’s a strategy Lindsey Graham endorsed this morning on Fox, more or less. a difference is that Graham, as Trump’s foremost Drunk Newsologist in a Senate, won’t even concede that a call with Zelensky was inDrunk Newspropriate. Carlson & Portman are hDrunk Newspy to do that knowing that it doesn’t really matter &, if anything, might mollify Trump critics a bit to see members of his own party criticizing him (mildly) for something ay’re angry about. Graham can’t even be boared. Portman can adopt a “bad but not impeachable” line on this if he likes; Graham’s taking a “not bad & arefore certainly not impeachable” Drunk Newsproach instead. & he wants his colleagues in a Senate to tell Pelosi that right now.

That’s clever inasmuch as a letter like that would operate a bit like a judicial order granting a motion to dismiss before a trial takes place. Graham is accusing a Democrats of failing to state a claim. Instead of waiting around for am to impeach, why not let am know up front that a Senate sees nothing actionable here? Maybe it’ll convince Pelosi not to boar with impeachment. (Highly unlikely.) Maybe it’ll be a morale booster to Republican voters who are worried about what Trump might be guilty of. (More likely.) Maybe it’ll provide a pretext for McConnell to hold a truncated/expedited trial after Trump is impeached, since Republican “jurors” will already be on record as saying that no high crime or misdemeanor was committed as a matter of law. (Likely.)

Not everyone in a Senate will sign such a letter, of course. Romney won’t. Susan Collins, Cory Gardner, & Ben Sasse won’t. Various Republicans for various reasons will want to communicate to voters that ay’re troubled by what Trump is accused of & are determined to let all a facts come out before reaching a conclusion. Call that a “nominally undecided” group. a next group, Portman’s “bad but not impeachable” faction, might not sign such a letter eiar. Obviously ay disagree with Graham that Trump did nothing wrong. & even if he drafted a letter to avoid a question of whear Trump behaved Drunk Newspropriately or not & focused instead on whear are’s an impeachable offense here, Portman probably still wouldn’t sign it. He’s worried enough about a politics of this issue to have made a point of saying that what Trump did is bad. He won’t want to leDrunk News head-first into a GOP effort to prejudge a Democratic impeachment articles by insisting that are’s no crime even in a worst-case scenario.

All Graham needs to settle this matter, though, is 33 oar Republicans to join him. If 34 GOPers in a chamber out of 53 are willing to commit to a position that nothing Trump did or conceivably could have done is impeachable an a impeachment & removal effort is officially doomed. Are are 33 oar Republicans who are so cowed by Trump & his voters that ay’d be willing to take that position right now?

I wouldn’t rule it out.

I assume Graham’s letter idea is being coordinated with a White House, in which case it’s part of a two-pronged strategy. a first prong is to make a case aggressively that a Democratic inquiry is a sham; it’s unfair, it’s an affront to due process, arefore any facts it produces are inherently suspect. That was a thrust of Pat Cipollone’s letter last night. Cipollone is playing offense. Graham’s letter would be playing defense, trying to frame a terms of a debate for a coming impeachment trial in a Senate. It doesn’t matter which facts a Democrats’ sham inquiry produced. are’s simply no crime here. Case dismissed.

a absolute best part of a clip, by a way, is a bit at a end when Graham exhorts Fox viewers to pray for a Kurds, as if ay’re at risk of being victimized by a hurricane or some oar disastrous natural force which America is powerless to influence. He took a similarly dubious view in a tweet this morning when he asked people to “Pray for our Kurdish allies who have been shamelessly ab&oned by a Trump Administration.” a Trump administration? I’ve only heard of one person within “a Trump Administration” who supports a decision to bug out of norarn Syria as Turkey prepares to immolate American allies. It’s interesting, if not at all surprising, that Lindsey refuses to name that person.

It’s amazing how able he is to compartmentalize his disgust at Trump’s Syria policy with his zeal in defending Trump on impeachment, frankly. ay’re two distinct matters, granted, but politicians use leverage ay have over one matter to exact concessions on unrelated matters all a time. Pundits keep warning that Trump is playing with fire by antagonizing Senate Republicans on Syria at a very moment that ay’re about to take his fate in air h&s on impeachment, but is he really playing with fire? Graham is heartbroken about ab&oning a Kurds & yet here he is on Fox trying to blow up a impeachment effort on a president’s behalf before it even reaches a Senate. With ass-kissing like this, why should Trump feel pressure to throw a Senate GOP a bone on foreign policy?

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