Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats announced that they’re moving forward with Donald Trump’s impeachment, due to his attempt at using money to extort the president of Ukraine into helping him alter the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. As a reminder, impeachment does not require a crime to have been committed. But it turns out someone in the Trump regime thinks Donald Trump did commit a crime.
Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson referred a criminal complaint against Donald Trump to the Department of Justice last month, according to Shimon Prokupecz of CNN. The criminal complaint specifically seeks to determine whether Trump’s actions were a “violation of campaign finance law.” There are far larger crimes at play here, such as espionage, extortion, and conspiracy against the United States. But campaign finance crimes tend to be far easier to get a conviction on.
The key here is that the Intelligence Community Inspector General is a Trump appointee. While he has a greater degree of independence than a lot of other appointees, the reality is that Donald Trump chose this guy, and now this guy believes Trump’s phone call with Ukraine may be felonious in nature. This disproves any argument that Trump might try to make about impeachment being a witch hunt.
In addition, this criminal complaint from the Inspector General to the Department of Justice would have ended up landing on Attorney General Bill Barr’s desk. It’s a given that Barr tried to bury it – which means that Barr has been caught red handed committing obstruction of justice – and that Barr is toast.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report