Thank you for the kind word about my work.
Yes, I believe the Barr letter is NOT dispositive and, like Neal Katayal (who wrote the special prosecutor relations) and others see a host of issues raised by Barr’s letter. One of the questions is why Don Jr., who said he expected to be indicted, and Kushner were not.
Impeachment is only a charge. There is no requirement that any criminality be involved, as I have pointed out countless times.
It takes 67 votes to convict. Those votes are not there based on currently known facts. A detailed, but concise, account of the 18 impeachments (plus Nixon who resigned to avoid impeachment) is in Barbara Radnofsky’s A Citizens Guide to Impeachment. For a deeper look there is Lawrence Tribe and Joshua Matz’s book on impeachment.
You conflate me with “the media.” There is a vast chasm, between reporting, opinion writing (my field the last 11 years) and cable commentary. And I’ve been writing media criticism for 45 years, including work that – uniquely in U.S. history – forced a TV and radio broadcast chain to go out of business over news manipulations.
I didn’t backpedal on anything. I did correct a one-word error from the week before, an error I had not even realized that I made. When someone shows an error I correct promptly and forthrightly.
Read transcripts, as I do all the time, and you will see how common it is for people to make one word or one phrase errors. That’s why in depositions we let people review and if necessary amend their answers.
Would that you had read my Trump biography, The Making of Donald Trump, which is full of facts I’ll bet you don’t know about his documented conduct, like his deep involvement with the international cocaine smuggler Joe Weichselbaum and the bizarre way Joe’s case got transferred to the courtroom of Donald’s sister.
My counsel is to be patient and see what we learn when we see the Mueller report – and if it is withheld then we have a duty to ask why it is being withheld since Trump said he wanted it made public ad he claims (falsely) that it exonerates him.
If the report shows there is nothing there at all, I’ll be out there saying I got it wrong. To be clear, I donlt expect that and that is why Team Trump will want to release something less than all the facts.
The Justice Dept., last time I checked, won’t even say how long the report is and how extensive the supporting documentation is.