Who are these close associates? Well, apparently they are anonymous, and they want Trump to protect the Republicans in the Senate, some of whom (those on the Senate Intel Committee at a minimum) were likely involved in SpyGate. That tells me who those associates were: McConnel, Senate Majority Leader, or someone in his case; or, in the alternative, one of the Republicans on the Senate Intel Committee.
And that, I think, reveals the entire impeachment theater exercise for what it is: a political bargaining chip, threatening Trump with impeachment if Barr follows the threads of the SpyGate plot far enough to threaten Democrats in general (Pelosi's part) and Senate Republicans (the people "advising" Trump here).
There's just two problems with that.
First, Trump doesn't need a Senate majority to withstand impeachment. If he's willing to fight, he can survive with just 34 votes. It's nice to have a Senate majority, but it's not a sword of Damocles. Trump can afford to lose any of the Republican senators directly involved here.
Second, interfering with Barr's investigations by threatening impeachment is bordering on obstruction of justice.
And finally... remember that a solid majority of likely voters think the law was broken trying to STOP Trump.
This entry was published Tue Oct 22 10:43:29 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2019-10-22 02:36:54.0.