Lunacy unplugged

The White House’s response to multiple House of Representative’s investigations was released yesterday; you can read it here.

I write on behalf of President Donald J. Trump in response to your numerous, legally unsupported demands made as part of what you have labeled — contrary to the Constitution of the United States and all past bipartisan precedent — as an “impeachment inquiry.” As you know, you have designed and implemented your inquiry in a manner that violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process.

The Constitution grants to each house of Congress the right to make its own rules and establish its own procedures; an impeachment inquiry is whatever the House of Representatives says is an impeachment inquiry. What is more, the subject of the investigation is protected by due process during the trial in the Senate, not during the investigation.

And that’s just the first paragraph.

With its egregious lies, non sequiturs, and misrepresentation of facts and settled norms, this letter is a sort of benchmark that’s going to be anthologized for the next 1000-years as an example of authoritarian propaganda. It will excite Trump’s cultish base, I suppose, but I can’t imagine that any grown-up anywhere will regard it with anything but contempt.

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