I always look forward to reading Michael Tomasky’s commentaries, but this usually insightful pundit gets it wrong in today’s NY Times. He notes that Democrats have to decide on questions of scope and speed of the impeachment process. He thinks that the Democrats need to get impeachment done quickly and makes a reasonable case for speed. But he thinks that therefore, they need to limit the impeachment to Ukrainegate; they mustn’t “bide their time” with a more comprehensive indictment of Trump’s wrongdoings.
I don’t get it. The Democrats don’t need to conduct a more extended investigation as a basis for a more comprehensive impeachment. The work has already been done for them. Mueller’s team spent plenty of time on an investigation that was as exhaustive as anything a Congressional committee could undertake. He came up with multiple instances of obstruction of justice, with ample supporting evidence. So, just collapse Mueller’s findings into a single article of impeachment for obstruction of justice in the Russia interference probe. Add to that: abuse of power in Ukrainegate and obstruction of Congress in its investigation of same. So, just three articles of impeachment that cover a lot. Simple, fairly comprehensive, and fast.