What has Donald J. Trump done that calls for his impeachment? The first crime is abusing the power of his office by withholding $391billion in approved military aid from Ukraine. unless it helped him cheat in the 2020 presidential election. This country is fighting against a Russian takeover and desperate. The second reason is obstructing Congress. He blocked all documents and all personnel from going to the House impeachment inquiry. Are these reasons valid, are they really crimes?
Trump wants to win at any cost. He invited Russia to help him win in 2016 by finding Secretary Hillary Clinton’s emails. Putin did. Now, the U.S. president has been doing it again. These are ongoing, active crimes.
The House Judiciary Committee fast-tracked the president’s impeachment, and there will be a vote on Wednesday. This is an American issue, not a Republican one or a Democratic one. Unfortunately, the House and Senate have been acting as if this was a vote for reelection instead of for our very democracy.
To quote from the articles,
‘President Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law.’
Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced he would coordinate with the president’s attorneys. That was startling, because it handed Trump the Senate on a dinner plate:
‘[There will be] no difference between the president’s position and our position in how to handle this.’
The president wanted to have a three-ring Senate impeachment circus, but he may be talked down by the Republicans. Should that vote move the impeachment to the Senate, there may be sworn testimony from witnesses or not. POTUS should be careful asking for witnesses to testify:
‘Rather than withholding key witnesses, he should be demanding sworn appearances by people like Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, and John Bolton, the former national security adviser.’
Even Trump’s favorite footstool Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said:
‘If you could show me that, you know, Trump actually was engaging in a quid pro quo, outside the phone call, that would be very disturbing.’
Things shifted for the GOP in the past two weeks. Of course, Graham pulled his statement back and said:
‘The time for such expressions of public spirit has, apparently, passed. ‘
President James Madison said:
‘[A president] might pervert his administration into a scheme of peculation or oppression,” James Madison said of the need for an impeachment clause. “He might betray his trust to foreign powers.’
[C]onstitutional scholar Noah Feldman testified for the Judiciary Committee last week. This is what he said:
‘Without impeachment, the president would have been an elected monarch. With impeachment, the president was bound to the rule of law.’
America’s founding fathers worried about a president turning into a “monarch” translated as into a “dictator:”
‘Donald Trump has left Congress with no choice but to press ahead to a Senate trial.’
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