The dueling impeachment reports from House Republicans and Democrats are better seen as the first drafts of history amid an ongoing propaganda war, rather than attempts to persuade their opponents in 2020, Axios' Justin Green writes.
The House Intelligence Committee's Democratic report, out today, accuses President Trump of abusing his power and endangering national security.
- Republicans had their own report out yesterday, which tried to create a sense of equivalence, but used a much looser interpretation of the facts.
Between the lines: Most of the Democratic report out today isn't new, except a section that involves phone records between Rep. Devin Nunes, Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas and several other figures in the investigation.
- That includes phone numbers linked to the White House and the Office of Management and Budget.
- "The phone records show that there was considerable coordination among the parties, including the White House," House Intel Chair Adam Schiff said today.
The big picture: Not a single congressional Republican has come out in opposition to the White House, and polling shows basically no movement in public support on impeachment since hearings began.
- Republicans have repeatedly moved the goalposts on this issue, most notably Sen. Lindsey Graham, who said last month he's "written the whole process off."
The bottom line: We live in an incredibly polarized political climate, with media so splintered that you can choose your own reality bubble.
- In that universe, there's scant chance a Fox News viewer or Daily Wire reader will be joining the resistance because of a report about the president.
- That energy is spilling into presidential election fundraising and campaigning, because no one at this point thinks Trump will be removed from office by impeachment.
What's next: The House Judiciary will focus hearings on the legal framework for impeachment — as well as draft the eventual articles of impeachment.