Greg Sargent sums up:
To sum up: The White House’s position is now that everything on the call was perfectly appropriate, but also, the most conspicuous confirmed misconduct on the call didn’t happen, the White House won’t release the full transcript of it, and the one witness to surrounding events whom Trump himself cites as exonerating him must not be allowed to face questioning.
Oh, yes, and did I mention that impeachment is unconstitutional?
Article II, Section 4? FAKE NEWS!!!!
Meanwhile, Martin Longman sucks his thumb at very considerable length in a new post, In North Carolina, Disapproval of Trump Equals Support for Impeachment. The thrust of the thumb-sucking exercise is to reflect on how Senator Tom Tillis (R-Invertebrate) would be best advised to vote on removing Trump from office. (Considering the fact that he’s up for reelection in 2020 in a deeply divided state, and a whole bunch of other stuff.)
Things are moving really fast, and I think the landscape will look a little different by the time the Senate has to vote on removal. So it’s probably premature to wargame out Senator Tillis’s likely calculations.
My own view is that he is damned if he votes to remove and damned if he doesn’t vote to remove.
I also think it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.