House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) is threatening impeachment again. But as with her last Trump impeachment, she faces a challenge in defining the charges.
At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, President Trump said in a Thursday night video that “like all Americans I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem” at the Capitol this week. He said to those who broke the law, “You will pay.” He also called for “healing and reconciliation” and promised an orderly transition. But this morning Mr. Trump missed yet another opportunity to make the transition a gracious one. Mr. Trump tweeted:
To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.
Meanwhile on Thursday President-elect Joe Biden also was not in a mood for reconciliation and healing. In a litany of complaints about the current President, Mr. Biden bizarrely included a claim that Mr. Trump had been unreasonable to criticize the intelligence community—the same intelligence community that helped cast a yearslong cloud over his presidency by including with an official intelligence assessment the bogus Steele dossier of Trump-Russia accusations funded by the Clinton campaign. Said Mr. Biden:
He’s attacked our intelligence services, who dared tell the American people the truth about the effort of a foreign power to elect him four years ago, choosing instead to believe the word of Vladimir Putin over the word of those who sworn their allegiance to this nation, many of whom had risked their lives in the service of this nation.
Dared to tell the truth? The Obama-Biden administration misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court into approving a warrant targeting a Trump associate.
Elsewhere in Washington, the Journal’s Catherine Lucey, Kristina Peterson and Natalie Andrews report:
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