Why would NBC publish this kind of opinion piece? Interdasting.

The articles of impeachment show Democrats are the ones obstructing justice

The House could have taken Trump to court over blocking officials' testimony and literally checked his privilege instead

Dec. 13, 2019

By Jeremy Lott

Friday the 13th is a good day to be on the lookout for ghoulish behavior, and Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee delivered. On a straight party line vote of 23-17, the committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

The first article, about abuse of power, is a judgment call and I’m not going to litigate it here. The second article about “obstruction of Congress,” however, is absurd.

There are many echoes of Watergate in this impeachment effort — but they generally showcase just how short this effort is of that one.

In undertaking the impeachment inquiry, the House Democratic leadership wanted to interview many White House officials, but they refused on the grounds of executive privilege. Now, the second article charges that Trump should be impeached because he “has directed the unprecedented, categorical, and indiscriminate defiance of subpoenas issued by the House of Representatives.”

If you are the leadership of the House of Representatives and you face a claim of executive privilege from the president that is making your impeachment inquiry harder, here’s what you need to do instead of jumping straight to impeachment: You take that claim to court. And then, very likely the courts agree with you and, together, you literally check Trump’s privilege by compelling the testimony that you seek.

If at that point the president continues to press the matter, without any legal basis, THEN you add it as an article of impeachment. Practically all reasonable people (including this conservative analyst) will agree with you. That’s how you build the popular and political support to actually remove the president....