This Is Not Normal, October 21, 2019 – October 27, 2019

This is your weekly reminder that this is NOT NORMAL.

  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president’s current personal attorney butt-dialed an NBC reporter. (Maybe we shouldn’t be entrusting state secrets to this guy? Just a thought.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL that a former ambassador reportedly told the House Intelligence Committee that the president was using congressionally approved foreign aid to Ukraine to induce them to open a politically motivated investigation into the son of a potential presidential rival.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president described the impeachment inquiry as a “lynching”, nor that a prominent senator supported this description (and, yes, I know that the Democrats did the same thing during the Clinton impeachment, and no, it wasn’t okay then either).
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president is attempting to invoke “constitutional immunity,” which is not a thing, in order to prevent his former deputy national security adviser from testifying before Congress.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into the investigation of the president’s 2016 campaign, in an apparent attempt to help the president politically.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that a couple dozen Republican congresspeople stormed a secure area, cellphones in hand, to protest the fact that the impeachment hearings were not public. (In an odd twist, the White House has been simultaneously arguing that the hearings should be public while also trying to prevent the former White House counsel from testifying publicly.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the acting assistant secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs told impeachment investigators that he had attempted to gather support for the former ambassador to Ukraine, whom the president fired, but was stymied by the secretary of state after she was falsely attacked by the president’s personal attorney.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the secretary of the treasury helped a notorious billionaire financier make use of a tax break to which he was not entitled, over the objections of the Internal Revenue Service.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the secretary of education was held in contempt for violating a court order to stop collecting on loans to former students of Corinthian Colleges, a now-dead chain of for-profit colleges.