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The complaint and the coverup: Donald Trump’s impeachment just got very serious and more likely


The intelligence community whistleblower complaint is as disturbing as advertised. It charges that President Trump “is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election. This interference includes, among other things, pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of the president’s main domestic political rivals. The president’s personal lawyer, Mr. Rudolph Giuliani, is a central figure in this effort. Attorney General Barr appears to be involved as well.”

The foreign country, of course, is Ukraine. The domestic rival, Joe Biden. Again, Giuliani — a de facto extension of Trump’s campaign — is paired with Barr, who is on the public payroll, but honestly shouldn’t be. Under cover of fighting “corruption,” the three men seemingly conspired to pressure Ukraine into smearing Biden, among other “favors.”

Are these crimes? That’s for Congress’ impeachment inquiry to determine, though it bears repeating that alarming and disqualifying abuses of power need not be violations of the law.

Just as troubling is the coverup the complaint reveals.

Hours after Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s call, in which Trump sought personal political favors from a foreign government, White House lawyers reportedly moved an “electronic transcript...from the computer system in which such transcripts are typically stored" into a “separate electronic system that is otherwise used to store and handle classified information of an especially sensitive nature.”

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, who testified Thursday before the House Intelligence Committee, is a man of integrity, but he was unwise to give DOJ the opportunity to devise a paper-thin excuse to keep the complaint from Congress.

The president, spinning like the Tasmanian Devil, calls those who are alarmed by his behavior spies and traitors. Eyes on the ball: In his official capacity as president, he leaned on a foreign government to gin up an investigation into a political rival. Abhorrent.