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Tribute to Trump's rescuer

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By Martin Schram

As America's House impeachment inquiry gains verifying evidence, we are pausing today to recognize the one person who apparently single-handedly saved President Donald Trump from himself. And who also enabled Trump's Republican supporters to keep reciting the only surviving argument they are making in his defense.

Trump and his defenders owe great gratitude to their leader's rescuer, the individual publicly known only as the whistleblower.

For we now know it was the disclosure to House Democrats of the whistleblower's courageous complaint (buried since July in the Justice Department) that forced Trump to instantly abandon his demands that Ukraine probe Trump's Democratic opponents to get the $391 million in congressionally approved military aid he had frozen months earlier, as his demands went unfilled.

With the once-frozen military aid flowing through channels, Trump's congressional Republicans supporters began voicing their one-note defense against Trump's impeachment: U.S. military aid was released to Ukraine without any demands met ― so no crime was committed.

If common sense ruled Washington, Republicans and Democrats would immediately agree on all the essentials. Or, if each of us switched the president's name to be the one we most love to hate, we'd all come to the same conclusion. A........

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