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Dear GOP leadership:

Trump’s letter to Speaker Pelosi puts you on the horns of a dilemma.

What I mean is this. You can either:

💠embrace outrageous lies and
💠take Russia's side against the FBI and Ukraine

or:

💠incur Trump's wrath and lose support of his base.
1/ What will you do?🤔

The dilemma becomes most apparent in Tweets 17 and 18.

Here Trump claims that the Mueller probe was a “witch hunt” based on a “grave, malicious, and slanderous lie.”

The lies in this paragraph are dizzying and dangerous.
2/ As anyone who read the Mueller Report knows, Mueller documented numerous links between Russians and the Trump campaign, but insufficient evidence to charge a criminal conspiracy.

Mueller also acknowledged that the record was incomplete because Trump obstructed justice.
3/ Mueller also concluded that Russia engaged in a sweeping and systematic attack on our election.

For Trump, though, the “horrifying abuse of power” in 2016 was on the part of the FBI, who initiated the probe.

He says the FBI attacked the “freedom and liberty of our nation.”
4/ In Paragraph 4, Trump says that his conversation with Zelensky was “innocent” and in asking a favor, he was looking out for “America’s interests.”

This makes sense if you accept, as true, that the real villains in 2016 were the FBI, certain Ukrainians, and the Democrats.
5/ Trump’s “proof” that his conversation with Zelensky was “perfect” and
“not an abuse of power” was:

💠He said “the country has been through a lot” (he didn't say "I have been through a lot.")

💠He said “do us a favor” not “do me a favor.”
6/ The implication was that in asking Zelensky to get to the bottom of Ukrainian “corruption” and the truth of what happened in 2016, Trump was acting in the best interests of America and trying to set the record straight.

Siding with Trump means accepting that as true.
7/ When @DevinNunes said these same things, Fiona Hill (expert witness) explained that in repeating these talking points, he was repeating Russian generated propaganda, and explained that repeating these talking points harms the US.

In other words, stop helping Russia.
@DevinNunes 8/ So, dear GOP leadership, you have to decide:

Will you repeat Russian generated propaganda that harms both the US and Ukraine, or will you break with Trump?

This really shouldn’t be hard.
@DevinNunes 9/ Trump’s defense to the obstruction charge is that he was asserting “Constitutionally based privileges” and that he had the right to go to court.

Recall that impeachment, at heart, is about the power balance between the Legislative and Executive branches.
@DevinNunes 10/ If impeachment is too easy, the president becomes beholden to Congress.

If impeachment is too hard, there are effectively no checks on presidential power.

The Constitution give the "sole" power of impeachment and removal to Congress.
@DevinNunes 11/ We watched House Republicans willing to give up their power to the president and the courts.

Will you do the same?

Much of the rest of the letter is filled with obvious lies and distortions.
@DevinNunes 12/ The letter uses the "Firehose of Falsehoods" method. Drench people in lies. They get overwhelmed and give up trying to sort out truth from lies.

I’ll address only one👇

Biden, in fact, was trying to fire the prosecutor who refused to crack down on corrupt companies.
@DevinNunes 13/ The letter drips with "I’m the victim," another propaganda technique.

Here he equates his situation, having to face a Congressional investigation, with innocent women actually being burned to death.
@DevinNunes 14/ He says not many people would be able to tolerate the "punishment inflicted" on him during the Mueller probe.

Trump equates himself with the Republican Party, and accuses Pelosi of personally attacking the entire GOP (later he includes millions of voters).
@DevinNunes 15/ The letter drips with the “You’re The Puppet” propaganda technique.

Pelosi is the one who is abusing her power, not Trump!
@DevinNunes 16/ The "You're the Puppet" technique isn't to be confused with projection, an unconscious process by which we see our own bad traits in others.
psychologytoday.com/us/basics/proj…
Accusing others of what they are doing is a typical fascist propaganda technique.
@DevinNunes 17/ So, Republican leadership, what will you do?

Openly embrace Trump’s worldview and lies, and side with Russia—or have the courage to break away.

🎶History has its eyes on you🎶
@DevinNunes All my threads are also blog posts. This one is here: terikanefield-blog.com/open-letter-to…

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