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Thread: Pelosi has been stalking Trump and waiting for the right time to launch full-scale impeachment. That time is now.

Dems won the House 11/6/18 and immediately began planning a strategy for investigating Trump and getting the goods. First order of business: hire a lawyer.
Enter Douglas Letter as House General Counsel: 40 years at DOJ under Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama. Highly respected at DOJ, but retired in March 2018 in disgust over Trump. SCOTUS Justices Roberts and Gorsuch attended his retirement party.

Next order of business: Develop a strategy. When you only control the House, you can’t just snap your fingers and remove the President. And if you’re going to impeach the President, you’d better have the goods because the public won’t allow a do-over.
The Mueller investigation was a complicating factor for the new House. When was he going to finish? Was he going to get the goods on Trump? Would House Dems even get to see his report? House Dems couldn’t even talk to Mueller. They were in the dark, in more ways than one.
In addition to not knowing what Mueller was doing or when he would finish, the House Intelligence Committee was not getting intelligence briefings from the Intelligence Community like they were supposed to. They had no clue what was happening. Trump had turned out the lights!
Trump shut down the government in January to curtail House investigations. And then he did the unthinkable: on 2/14, Trump hired Bill Barr to run DOJ. Barr adheres to the Unitary Executive Theory, believing the Executive Branch reigns supreme. This is fascism, plain and simple.
Barr has obstructed the House investigation ever since he was hired. He sat on Mueller’s report for weeks and produced a summary of the report and gave a press conference intentionally designed to mislead the public to believe Mueller had exonerated Trump. Barr stacked the deck.
House Dems had control of the House, but the power was cut. They needed to use subpoenas to demand access to documents and witnesses to allow them conduct an investigation. They filed those subpoenas in April and May, but this was NOT going to be easy.
Trump and Barr immediately vowed to “fight ALL the subpoenas.” They refused to hand over any documents, even in the face of clear staturory obligations to turn them over. And they instructed witnesses to assert “absolute immunity” against even appearing before Congress.
Trump and Barr were completing flouting their legal obligations to allow House Dems to investigate. So what now?

This was a crucial stage for House Dems: Should they go to court to enforce their subpoenas or should they use their own inherent contempt power to enforce them?
Keep in mind the political climate back in June. The general public knew Trump was a scum bag, but basically believed Mueller had been a bust. They kept hearing “no collusion, no obstruction,” and they kind of believed it. The American public just wasn’t that interested anymore.
Against this political backdrop, inherent contempt and throwing people in jail for not complying with subpoenas seemed like a clear mistake. Trump would make himself out to be a martyr facing another “WITCH HUNT!” House Dems had no real choice but to take the fight to court.
Since April, House Dems have waged a silent war in court. They are trying to breach Trump’s defenses and get his financial records. They know he’s beholden to foreign powers. He launders money for Russian oligarchs and Saudi royals. I’ve catalogued all this in other threads.
This has been an incredibly difficult fight, and Nancy Pelosi has led that fight.

PELOSI hired Douglas Letter.

PELOSI authorized ALL the subpoenas and ALL the court filings. All of it.

PELOSI has been leading the charge from day one. Don’t believe anyone who says otherwise.
Pelosi also has run point on messaging. She has downplayed the fight that’s been going on behind the scenes because she knows the public is disinterested. She knows Barr and Trump have corrupted the discourse and discredited the media. So she soft-pedaled it. She had to.
But we are entering a new phase. The legal cases are paying dividends. House Dems are winning the fight to get Trump’s financials from his accountants (Mazars) and his bankers (Deutsche Bank). And it looks like, in the meantime, House Dems May have finally caught a break!
This whistleblower thing may be big. It may even wake up the American public and get them to pay attention just in time for Trump’s financial records to start rolling in.

Now is the time people. Get behind Pelosi and the House Dems and let’s end this nightmare.
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