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Letter To The Editor: Time For Impeachment Is Now

on June 17, 2019 - 8:56am
By WILLIAM MEAD
Los Alamos
 
President Trump declared June 12:
 
"If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said] ‘we have information on your opponent' -- oh, I think I'd want to hear it." (https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/id-exclusive-interview-trump-listen-foreigners-offered-dirt/story?id=63669304)
 
I'll tell you what, I've seen a lot of things over my life. I don't think in my whole life I've ever called the FBI. In my whole life. You don't call the FBI," [Trump] said. (https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/12/politics/donald-trump-abc-political-dirt-foreign-country-rivals/index.html)
 
This is essentially a solicitation of foreign interference in our election. It is (yet another) statement that Trump claims the right to be the sole arbitrator of what is lawful and what is right.
 
For more than two years, President Trump has repeatedly attacked the Constitution and the laws of this country. The Mueller Investigation revealed a pattern of
 
1. Obstruction of justice
2. Cooperation (though criminal conspiracy has not been proven) with Russian operatives during the 2016 campaign and directly or indirectly using lies to cover it up.
 
In addition, Trump has repeatedly failed to uphold reasonable standards for “defending the Constitution” and carrying out presidential duties, specifically:
 
3. Deliberately and frequently lying to the American public.
4. Constantly attacking press reports by claims of “fake news”, by which Trump means, “reports that hinder Trump’s personal agenda”.
5. Indicating his approval of violence in political arenas.
6. Violating the Emoluments clauses of the Constitution.
7. Attempting to circumvent separation of powers by a variety of maneuvers, including, recently, an unwarranted declaration of emergency to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
8. Continuing to obstruct Congressional investigations.
 
There have been a number of thoughtful and carefully documented assessments of the need for impeachment. According to national polls, 35-40% of Americans believe impeachment is necessary, which exceeds the level of public support at the beginning of the Nixon impeachment proceedings.
 
While impeachment is not a matter of public opinion, this seems to me to be more than sufficient to initiate formal proceedings, starting with investigations to check and explore the facts.
 
Yet, Republicans in the House and Senate continue to defend Trump, following his will very closely, and obstructing congressional investigations.
 
After months of negotiations, the House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed an unredacted Mueller report and the work product of the Mueller investigation.
 
This is neither unprecedented nor unreasonable. The Trump administration is balking, at his behest.
 
Other investigations are in progress in both the House and Senate. These investigations are being actively obstructed on President Trump’s instructions.
 
To date, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others in congress are blocking the start of impeachment proceedings for reasons that are considered by many, including 60 Representatives in the House, several 2020 Democrat presidential candidates, and scholars, view as inappropriate, at best, and, at worst, a breach of their responsibility to defend the constitution.
 
MoveOn.org and other organizations are calling for demonstrations June 15 to demand that Congress initiate formal impeachment proceedings.
 
I believe that waiting for the 2020 election is dangerous, and that impeachment proceedings should begin now.
 
If your opinion overlaps sufficiently with mine, I urge you to take one or more of the following actions:
 
1. Write a letter to Ben Ray Lujan
2. Post a sign in your yard
3. Spread your opinion on social media
4. Talk with your friends and neighbors.
 
Or, design your own approach. But, please, do take action!
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