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The White House Stonewall Letter Is a MAGA Rally Draped in a Toga

Gaze in awe at The Constitution According to Camp Runamuck.

This letter has nothing to do with the law. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIGetty Images)

This letter has nothing to do with the law. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIGetty Images)

I guess if you stay in this racket long enough, you get to see it all. Gaze in awe, now, at The Constitution According to Camp Runamuck.

Point One: The president can't be indicted for his crimes because there is a constitutional remedy for crimes in office.

Point Two: The constitutional remedy is illegitimate.

Owned, libtards!

For these reasons, President Trump and his Administration reject your baseless, unconstitutional efforts to overturn the democratic process. Your unprecedented actions have left the President with no choice. In order to fulfill his duties to the American people, the Constitution, the Executive Branch, and all future occupants of the Office of the Presidency, President Trump and his Administration cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances.

The letter goes on—for eight pages, so you know that El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago didn't write the damn thing—to throw up every bit of Fox News-approved, wingnut-certified, nutball, quasi-legalistic hoodoo into the clear air. I found this line particularly amusing in light of recent revelations.

The decision as to who will be elected President in 2020 should rest with the people of the United States, exactly where the Constitution places it.

This absurd contention comes in the middle of a passage in the letter that is pure delusion. It even makes formal the manufactured notion that Rep. Adam Schiff's obvious paraphrase of the president*'s shakedown call with the Ukrainian president was an attempt to deceive the country. This was stupid when the Republicans began hollering about it in committee, and it's now become grandiose and stupid. Later, the letter goes on to yap irrelevantly—and falsely—about "continuing strong economic growth." This letter has nothing to do with the law. It's a MAGA rally draped in a toga.

Charles P. Pierce

Charles P. Pierce

Charles P. Pierce is a writer-at-large for Esquire and his work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the LA Times Magazine, the Nation, the Atlantic, Sports Illustrated and The Chicago Tribune, among others.

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