2020 is turning out to be a very bad year for Donald Trump, and it hasn’t even started just yet.
The reason Trump will be singing the blues when the clock strikes midnight later this evening has everything to do with a court filing from Lev Parnas, the associate of Rudy Giuliani who played a key role in the Ukraine scandal.
Specifically, Parnas just made it clear that he’s ready to sing (and sign loudly) when Trump’s impeachment moves to the Senate when Congress returns from its holiday recess in early January, the Daily Beast reports:
“Parnas’ lawyer Joseph Bondy said the Justice Department will share materials with his client on Tuesday that it seized from his home and at his arrest. The materials include documents and the contents of an iPhone. Bondy then asked Judge Paul Oetken of the Southern District of New York to allow him to share those materials with the House Intelligence Committee; a court order currently bars him from sharing them with anyone.”
The Parnas court filing could not come at a worse time for Trump, who desperately wants a quick, rigged Senate impeachment trial to begin and end as soon as possible.
But Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has made it clear she will not send the articles of impeachment passed by the House to the Senate until she’s given guarantees from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that he won’t merely conduct a kangaroo court devoid of evidence such as documents and — more troubling for Trump — witness testimony from people such as Parnas, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, who has admitted that Trump did indeed hold up military aid to Ukraine for blatantly political reasons.
So where does this leave us as 2020 dawns? Here’s a quick rundown:
- Trump is facing a growing scandal that could wind up destroying both him and the GOP
- More damaging evidence will continue to trickle out
- The election will get closer by the day, as Trump’s poll numbers continue to tank
- Trump will melt down on Twitter and possibly at the State of the Union address in February
2020 is looking like a nightmare for Donald Trump, no matter how you slice it. And the only person to blame for this massive political snafu is Trump himself.
Happy New Year everyone!