Impeaching President Trump
The House of Representatives should impeach President Trump.
Evidence that the House has so far been able to collect depicts President Trump as guilty of bribery, obstruction of justice and using his office for personal gain.
Admittedly, as Professor Turley’s testimony last week before the House Judiciary Committee emphasized, the House may not have sufficiently strong evidence to convict President Trump in a Senate trial. However, President Trump has refused to cooperate with the House investigation. Legally obtaining evidence from President Trump and his subordinates in a timely manner may be impossible. Analogous to a grand jury proceeding, the House may reasonably proceed to vote for impeachment; the Senate has the responsibility to determine whether sufficient evidence exists to convict President Trump. In that venue, President Trump will not be able to hide behind his blanket refusal to cooperate – unless Senate Republicans become complicit in his obstruction of justice.
Trump the businessman has a long history of fighting legal proceedings every step of the way, usually prevailing despite unfavorable facts because the other party lacked the financial resources or time to pursue litigation to a successful conclusion.
No American should support that happening in a Senate trial. The very foundation of our democracy is at stake in these proceedings. Is the President, by virtue of the office, above the rule of law? If not, has President Trump violated his oath to defend the Constitution through bribery, obstruction of justice and using his office for personal gain? Senators, regardless of party affiliation, have a moral and legal responsibility to ascertain the truth. Prioritizing party over that duty – regardless of personal or political cost – will move the U.S. closer to a dictatorship. The founding fathers provided impeachment for such a day as this.