Impeachments are not about breaking the law. The process is political, not criminal, and doesn’t require a finding of guilt. They are about perceptions, and as the current inquiry gains steam, President Trump wants to take control of the narrative.
To that end, Trump said he will release a transcript of an April call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
But in true Trump fashion, the president mentioned it and then began selling it on twitter.
Trump said on Saturday he would likely release the transcript on Tuesday, describing it to reporters as “very important.” But then he tweeted that he will release it “sometime this week,” adding:
“I am sure you will find it tantalizing!”
As the first public hearings began on Monday, the president tweeted:
“It is a totally one sided Witch Hunt. This can’t be making the Democrats look good. Such a farce!”
For the past two weeks, House investigators have been releasing transcripts of interviews conducted behind closed doors with witnesses, including diplomats and security aides, about dealings with Ukraine by administration officials and the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
Democrats consider the open hearings that start on Wednesday crucial to building public support for a vote on articles of impeachment – formal charges – against Trump. If that occurs, the 100-seat Republican-controlled Senate would hold a trial.
Republicans have so far shown little interest in removing Trump from office.