New reporting from the NYT has found.. "The report demonstrates in striking detail that inside the administration, the consternation over the legality and propriety of the aid freeze — and confusion over Trump’s true motives — ran much deeper than previously known, implicating top Cabinet officials more deeply than we thought."
This doesn't just refute the pathetic attempts to defend Trump, it obliterates them.
But... "What makes all this new information really damning, however, is that many of these officials who were directly involved with Trump’s freezing of aid are the same ones Trump blocked from appearing before the House impeachment inquiry."
The report also says all of them went to the White House together, hoping as a group they could get Trump to change his mind. They failed. Some of them could find themselves the subject of a FBI criminal investigation over this. It's so far off the reservation jail time is not out of the question.
This is also one of the recurring themes of the Trump presidency. Every time you think the crooks have gotten away with it, new revelations put the spotlight back on them.
Here's my prediction, more people will wind up in jail than Watergate. A lot more.