Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.): “I will never understand how some of my colleagues, in many ways good people, could ignore or deny the president’s unrelenting attack on a free press, his vicious character assassination of anyone who disagreed with him, and his demonstrably very distant relationship with the truth.”
Professor Michael Gerhardt, a law professor at the University of North Carolina: “If what we’re talking about is not impeachable, then nothing is impeachable. This is precisely the misconduct that the framers created a Constitution, including impeachment, to protect against. (If Congress gives Trump a) “pass,” then “every other president will say, ‘okay, then I can do the same thing,’ and the boundaries will just evaporate … and that is a danger to all of us.”
Professor Pamela Karlan, a law professor at Stanford University, said that the ‘most chilling’ aspect from previous testimony before the House Intelligence Committee was when U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky needed only to announce, but not necessarily execute, anti-corruption investigations.
(In Karlan’s eyes that debunks the idea that Trump and his allies like Rudy Giuliani were legitimately concerned about corruption in Ukraine and were only focused on going after the president’s domestic political rivals.)
“President Trump by pushing for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden struck at the very heart of what makes this a republic to which we pledge allegiance and that inviting foreign interference in an election undermines democracy itself.“
Laurence Tribe, a Harvard Law professor and one of America’s top legal scholars (focused on constitutional studies) said about: Jonathan Turley, the George Washington University Professor who argued against impeaching President Trump “(He) was an utter waste of time. His call for solid evidence was a truism. He gave no reason at all to regard the evidence gathered by Rep. Adam Schiff as insufficient to establish impeachable offenses. And his carping about the speed of the process was pointless.”
Rep. Jerry Nadler: “The patriots who founded our country were not fearful men. But as they met to frame our Constitution, those patriots still feared one threat above all: foreign interference in our elections.”
Just a few years ago, it would have been inconceivable that the President of the United States would be a man subservient to the communist leader of Russia. It would have been even less conceivable that an entire political party, out of personal greed for power, would have supported such a man.
The deviations from law-abiding precedents are not just “Trump being Trump.” They are Trump being a traitor.
It is comical or frightening, depending on one’s view, to watch sophisticated politicians adopt the childish naivety required to believe Trump was really not imploring Ukraine (and Russia before it) to meddle in our elections and to work against a political opponent of Trump, but oh no, rather his only interest was corruption.
The Republican Party, once the party of “law and order,” the party of “family values,” the party of “religious tolerance,” the party of accepting responsibility for one’s actions, the party of patriotism, and the party of “Constitutional originalism,” this party now has sold its soul to a man who subscribes to none of these.
It is said that “power corrupts,” but the lust for power corrupts even more.
Donald Trump is a proven criminal, admitted adulterer, intolerant, blame-passing, turncoat who tries to twist the Constitution in order to enhance his own power, and who has gathered around him, an unprecedented coterie of convicted criminals and ne’er-do-wells.
The deviations from law-abiding precedents are not just “Trump being Trump.” They are not just modifications of the norm. They are Trump being a traitor.
It is time for those who care about America as a nation and about the human beings in it, to acknowledge what all the world sees: Our President is a traitor, America is paying the price, and only we Americans can save ourselves.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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