Donald Trump received some terrible news this morning when the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that an accounting firm must turn over Trump’s tax returns to the New York grand jury that’s in the process of indicting him on state charges. Then Trump received equally ugly news when the House impeachment inquiry publicly released the first batch of testimony transcripts, including that of former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
Suffice it to say that what Donald Trump did to Marie Yovanovitch is nothing short of psychotic. Yovanovitch says she was told that when she was being recalled as U.S. Ambassador, she had to immediately leave Ukraine because her “security” was in danger, though the Trump regime refused to expand on what this was supposed to mean. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then told her that he was “no longer” able to protect her from Donald Trump, another mafia-like threat against her safety. When Yovanovitch asked Gordon Sondland what she should do, he suggested tweeting something nice about Trump.
This provides a whole new context for Donald Trump’s remark to Ukrainian President Zelensky that Yovanovitch was “going to go through some things” after he had already removed her from the job. Not only did Trump fire her and threaten her security, he then vowed to punish her further. What’s remarkable is that Yovanovitch’s only sin was that she wasn’t corrupt, and she was therefore standing in the way of the criminal corruption plot that Trump and Rudy Giuliani were hatching in Ukraine to try to rig the 2020 U.S. election.
Let’s be clear here: this is the President of the United States threatening the safety of a U.S. Ambassador, and telling a foreign leader that he intended to harass her. It’s not just impeachable, it’s an imprisonable offense. When this is over, Trump’s psychotic threats against Marie Yovanovitch will be one of the things he’s criminally indicted for. This is yet another reminder that once Trump goes to prison, he’ll never, ever get out.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report