“The President engaged in this course of conduct for the benefit of his own presidential reelection, to harm the election prospects of a political rival, and to influence our nation’s upcoming presidential election to his advantage. In doing so, the President placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the US presidential election process, and endangered US national security.” House Dems have released the impeachment report, chronicling the Ukrainian quid pro quo and the president’s obstruction. “Indeed, it would be hard to imagine a stronger or more complete case of obstruction than that demonstrated by the President since the inquiry began.”

+ The report adds: “Senior U.S. officials, including the Vice President, the Secretary of State, the Acting Chief of Staff, the Secretary of Energy, and others were either knowledgeable of or active participants in an effort to extract from a foreign nation the personal political benefits sought by the President.” Here’s the latest from the impeach pit.

+ “Since the late winter, the city’s elite had been aware of the mayor’s emissaries, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, whom he had dispatched to uncover incriminating material about Joe Biden and his son. The bumbling pair, who had won a meeting with the incumbent president, Petro Poroshenko, spoke a little too freely about their ‘secret mission.’ But while Giuliani’s strip-club-going proxies could be dismissed, the arrival of President Trump’s lawyer himself was another matter.” Franklin Foer in The Atlantic: The Betrayal of Volodymyr Zelensky. “The surreal story of how a comedian who played the Ukrainian president on TV became the president in real lifeā€”then found himself at the center of an American political scandal.” (Who would have thought that this version of all the president’s men would include a couple of guys named Igor and Lev?)