Removing the President of The United States of America by impeachment is no small business. It involves substantiated charges of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’. It requires a full vote by the House of Representatives, and a two-thirds conviction by the more deliberative body of the United States Senate. While battles over process have raged throughout our country’s history, this is only the fourth time the matter has been raised in seriousness. No President has ever been removed from office by our congress, and I think that’s something to be proud of. It’s a confirmation of the public confidence in our system.
Donald Trump is facing a certain impeachment, and an uncertain vote of conviction in the Senate. His allies are hard at work to defend him, and have made it clear they intend to fight on until the end. We should expect and appreciate this kind of vitality from anyone we empower. What shouldn’t expect is that our Senators will turn a blind-eye to proven criminal actions for the sake of a political party.
The President should not be impeached. A President SHOULD never be impeached. This President MUST be.
‘Russia if you’re listening…’ are words spoken publicly by then candidate Donald Trump in the summer of 2016. He openly implored a foreign nation to interfere in our elections. It has been proven that they did. More recently President Trump temporarily withheld military aid to Ukraine in exchange for their support against a political candidate for President from the opposition party. These transgressions are just the tip of the iceberg; former FBI director Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference and his report established a litany of crimes and charges against 35 people and 3 Russian businesses. This list includes Donald Trump’s campaign manager, deputy campaign manager, personal lawyer, and National Security advisor. It detailed 10 times where the President himself worked to obstruct justice, which is a felony regardless of political position.
In addition to this, Trump’s charitable foundation has been disbanded for committing fraud, his personal lawyer used campaign funds to pay hush money bribes to porn stars, Trumps businesses have been billing the government illegally, and foreign governments have been patronizing his businesses at the same time they ask him for foreign aid or tariff reductions. The Emoluments Clause (also known as the Title of Nobility Clause; Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution) expressly forbids this, and empowers Congress to determine what can be received/kept. He has called federal witnesses ’rats’, has dangled Presidential pardons out as a potential reward for personal loyalty from these same witnesses, and his allies have openly made threats. Congressman Matt Gaetz tweeted a message to Trumps former lawyer, Michael Cohen, the day before he was set to testify before congress, it read in part: “Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll <implying Cohen’s wife> remain faithful while you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot.” Matt Gaetz still hasn’t been charged by the FBI for attempting to intimidate a federal witness. I wasn’t surprised that Florida’s Bar and Ethics commission cleared him of wrongdoing because they have exhibited a long running pattern of political malfeasance, but I am stunned that our U.S. Department of Justice has taken a pass on the matter.
Nobody is above the law.
Senators have an important choice to make: Will they uphold their oaths to protect the constitution, or will they trade their own credibility in order to keep Donald J Trump in power? As a nation we should be demanding that they do their jobs and abandon bought loyalty to a corrupt President. History has shown repeatedly that no nation which abandons an adherence to its own laws can survive for long. While this lawlessness might come from the top down, it is up to all of us to demand real change from the bottom up.