Anyone who claims that the ridiculous impeachment probe began with the completely ordinary call with President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, they are sorely mistaken. Breitbart published an impressive fact-checking piece on the matter plainly laying out just how and when the impeachment probe began. The answer is unsurprisingly disgusting, and heavily involves the media.

As if Pelosi launching an impeachment investigation just one day before the transcript of the Ukraine call that was at the center of the whistleblower controversy was even released wasn’t bad enough, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Underneath that iceberg is a substantive base of media aggression. First piece of evidence comes from Politico.

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April 17, 2016, Politico released an article titled, “Could Trump Be Impeached Shortly After He Takes Office?” The article states:

‘Impeachment’ is already on the lips of pundits, newspaper editorials, constitutional scholars, and even a few members of Congress. It’s not unusual for controversial presidents to be shadowed by talk of impeachment, once they’ve been in office long enough to make people mad. But before he’s elected? Before he’s a nominee?

Constitutional experts of all political stripes say it’s surprising for impeachment talk to bubble up this early—but then Trump has been throwing around some surprising ideas for a leading candidate … And doubtless many of Trump’s foes would like to see him impeached just on principle—the quickest way to broom out a leader who horrifies the inclusive sensibilities of Democrats, and has blown apart the Republican Party he’s nominally part of.

Impeachment, therefore, has been a “first resort for Democrats, NeverTrump Republicans and journalists from the moment it became clear that candidate Trump had a path to win the GOP nomination” notes Breitbart.