From the Op-Ed page of the TIMES of SAN DIEGO:
(Written by Colleen O’Connor, native San Diegan and a retired college professor)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein just called for a “word for word” transcript of the explosive whistleblower complaint against President Trump that led to the House impeachment inquiry.
As the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Feinstein believes that an “official word-for-word transcript of the call” between Trump and the President of the Ukraine was produced.
And she also doubts the accuracy of Trump’s report of the call.
A verbatim transcript (without the many ellipses found in the Trump version) is probably hidden inside the U.S. intelligence community’s “code-only,” restricted-access computer system.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement for an impeachment inquiry has broken the dam.
The flood of court cases, pending subpoenas, investigations and allegations into myriad Trump irregularities in his foundation, taxes, inauguration, bank loans, and emoluments violations will now flood out.
Not just from the narrow use and abuse of power evident in the phone call to the Ukrainian president [Volodymyr Zelensky] with the “I have a favor though” dictate.
But, with all the state bank records forthcoming, the IRS audits, possible indictments and prison sentences looming for his already convicted aides, Trump’s White House is wading in rising mud.
Trump is now facing data—real details, and documents—from a Category 5 hurricane of information and informants.
And much of it is from inside the White House. It’s not in the form of a lengthy official report, but in actual transcripts, electronic records, witnesses, and possibly even audio tapes.
In short, it’s a palace coup from a seemingly organized band of insiders with intelligence training, who know where the President’s alleged crimes are hidden.
So, where does this end? Exactly, where it began — with Trump.
Over two years ago, Trump denied he ever asked the James Comey, director of the FBI, to make the Russia investigation go away.
After that incident became public, Trump tweeted, “Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
Comey’s reply: “Lordy, I hope there are tapes.”
That would be the answer to both Feinstein’s and Pelosi’s prayers.
Click over and read the whole thing, kids.