“What I can inform you concerning the Trump coverage towards the Ukraine, it was incoherent,” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) informed reporters Wednesday. “It will depend on who you speak to. They appear to be incapable of forming a quid professional quo.”
Not solely has proof continued to mount that the Trump administration engaged in a quid professional quo with Ukraine, however the incoherent/incompetent protection has been commonly employed by Trump and his allies, examples of which you’ll be able to watch within the video above.
Let’s run by means of them:
1. Election coordination with Russia
Trump repeatedly dismissed the 22-month-long Russia investigation, declaring a minimum of 231 instances that there was “no collusion.”
Defending Trump, former marketing campaign aides at instances went additional: Not solely was there no collusion, however Trump was too disorganized to collude with Russia, even when he wished to.
It was a protection lodged by Trump marketing campaign aides together with Jared Kushner, Stephen Okay. Bannon, Corey Lewandowski and Michael Caputo.
2. The Trump Tower assembly
Donald Trump Jr. downplayed his 2016 assembly with a Russian lawyer providing dust on Hillary Clinton, partially, by suggesting it’s a widespread factor for campaigns to do.
“For me, this was opposition analysis,” Trump Jr. mentioned on Fox Information in July 2017.
3. Asking then-FBI Director James B. Comey to drop an investigation of then-national safety adviser Michael Flynn
Shortly after assembly with Trump within the Oval Workplace in February 2017, Comey wrote a memo concerning the encounter.
“I hope you possibly can see your approach clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is an effective man. I hope you possibly can let this go,” Trump mentioned, in response to Comey’s memo.
When Comey testified 4 months later, Sen. James E. Risch (R-Idaho) threw chilly water on the notion that Trump was one way or the other making an attempt to finish the investigation.
“Have you learnt of any case the place an individual has been charged for obstruction of justice, or for that matter, some other prison offense, the place this — they mentioned, or thought, they hoped for an final result?” Risch requested.
4. Trump’s disclosure of categorised intelligence to Russians
“He shares info in a approach that’s wholly applicable. . . . The president wasn’t even conscious, you already know, the place this info got here from,” McMaster mentioned. “He wasn’t briefed on the supply or methodology of the knowledge, both.”
5. Trump’s hush-money funds to Stormy Daniels
When requested in April 2018 about hush-money funds to silence a porn star with whom he allegedly had an affair, Trump pleaded ignorance.
“You’ll need to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my lawyer,” Trump mentioned.
Months later, it turned clear that Trump lied about not realizing concerning the funds.
6. Potential Ukraine quid professional quo
The incoherent/incompetent protection of Trump’s Ukraine actions supplied by Graham this week had been first floated by the Wall Road Journal editorial board in October and later by Fox Information’s Brit Hume.
“It’s simply bluster,” Hume mentioned of Trump’s international coverage “inexperience.”
“Impeachment for incompetence would disqualify many of the authorities, and most Presidents in some unspecified time in the future or one other in workplace,” the Wall Road Journal editorial board wrote.
Not solely did Trump reportedly complain concerning the Wall Road Journal op-ed (“If I wished to do quid professional quo, I’d’ve carried out the rattling quid professional quo”), however it was Trump in 2014 who proposed impeaching President Barack Obama for a similar factor his defenders now attribute to him: incompetence.