Following the success earlier this year of their respective iterations of The Mueller Report, publishers Melville House Publishing and Skyhorse Publishing are returning to the public documents well to publish the report pertaining to the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
As was the case last year, the publishers have taken opposing ideological tacks. Melville House, as it did with its Mueller Report, has opted for a "just the facts" strategy, publishing nothing but the inquiry report available via the government. The book, priced at $14.99, is in a flippable format: the first side, with a blue cover, holds the House Intelligence Committee’s report on its impeachment investigation, while the second, with a red cover, holds the response from Republican House of Representatives members. The books, titled The Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report and the Republicans' Report of Evidence in the Democrats' Impeachment Inquiry, will be ready to ship in "a few days," the publisher said, with a target date of December 17.
“Nothing so bespeaks the state of the union right now so much as this book, coupling the House report and the Republican response," Melville House publisher Dennis Johnson said. “What’s more, this is the document that provides the precise evidence for the prosecution of the president—the guidebook the Senate will use in what will be only the third impeachment trial in the history of our nation.”
Skyhorse, on the other hand, also sticking with its formula, has returned to controversial attorney Alan Dershowitz, a consistent Trump defender, to write the introduction to its The Impeachment Report: The House Intelligence Committee's Report on the Trump-Ukraine Investigation, with House Republicans' Rebuttal, which will be priced at $12.99. The book has an announced first printing of 100,000 copies, and Skyhorse aims to get it in stores by December 24.
“The Democrats have now announced that they intend to propose only two grounds for impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of congress," Dershowitz writes in his introduction. "Neither is specified as a ground for impeachment in the constitution. Neither is a high crime and misdemeanor. They have apparently dropped the only specified ground, namely bribery. A vote to impeach President Trump on grounds not specified in the constitution would be unconstitutional and void.”
As Skyhorse prepares to publish its edition of the inquiry, reports are trickling in that President Trump has expressed interest in adding Dershowitz to his impeachment defense team. So far, Dershowitz has declined to comment on the rumors.