Trump is a pathological liar, a crook and a cheat.
Americans need to guard against an authoritarian impulse whose existence in their body politic is now demonstrably real.
The report released this month by the Department of Justice finally lines up the facts needed to understand the actions of former FBI director James Comey.
The intelligence agencies did not simply investigate suspicious advisers surrounding Trump. They moved against the political opposition.
Still, there is something poetic about the tag-team of Daniels and Comey. They differ from Trump in crucially important ways, but they thrive in the same conditions that brought him into power: a hunger for the spotlight, a talent for manipulating the press, a commitment to self-advancement.
What did the Republicans really expect?