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The Impeachment Inquiry

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Posted: Monday, November 18, 2019 12:36 pm

If the Eagle & Journal continues to publish “A commentary” by J.F. Kelly, Jr. each week, it should at least occasionally publish an opposing view. Mr. Kelly takes up two columns criticizing the House of Representative’s Intelligence Committee’s process for gathering evidence of President Trump’s abuse of power without ever mentioning the actual substantive charges, which by now are established facts. This so-called argument echoes those of Trump’s Republican supporters in Congress who also fail to acknowledge that the same procedure of holding closed-door hearings followed by public ones was established by the Republicans in the Clinton impeachment process. Those supporters likewise never address the actual facts surrounding the President’s attempt to withhold vital aid to Ukraine unless its leader announced investigations into a political opponent and into a bogus conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, hacked the Democratic party’s emails in 2016. The House procedure is fully in accord with the Constitution, as will be a Senate trial in which the President will be accorded full due process of law.

Mr. Kelly claims the impeachment inquiry is a “shameful” and “dangerous and disruptive precedent” in its attempt to remove a “duly elected president” “over purely political differences, thus negating the votes of the citizens.” First it’s arguable that Trump was duly elected by the votes of citizens since he lost the popular vote by 3 million; was aided by an orchestrated Russian hacking and disinformation campaign; and weeks before the election bought the silence of two women with whom he had extramarital affairs. Anyway, if Trump is impeached and removed, the office of President will be occupied by Vice President Pence, who ran on the same ticket as Trump and would presumably continue the same policies.

Regardless of disagreements over policy or politics, if Mr. Kelly believes Trump is personally fit to serve as President of the United States, I’ll ask, just for a few examples, if he thinks it’s OK to:

• pressure a foreign leader to interfere in the 2020 American presidential election;

• urge a foreign country (Russia) to interfere in the 2016 election;

• obstruct an investigation into the 2016 presidential election;

• publicly undermine our own intelligence agencies while standing next to a hostile foreign autocrat (Putin);

• abruptly abandon a long-time ally in the Middle East (the Kurds) without consulting our military leaders, leading directly to the death and dislocation of thousands, for the benefit of Russia and Turkey;

• cozy up to autocratic leaders such as Putin, Erdogan, Duterte, and Kim Jong Un;

• enrich himself and his family by encouraging foreign delegations and American military groups to stay at his hotels;

•lie to the American people about his business dealings in Russia;

• run a charity as a checkbook for a political campaign;

• refuse to release his tax returns after saying he would do so, presumably because they will not show him in a favorable light;

• constantly accuse the most reputable accurate news outlets in the country, protected by the First Amendment, of being “fake news” and the “enemies of the people” while he daily spouts false and misleading comments and tweets;

• call any member of his own party who dares to criticize him “human scum.”

• call white supremacists “very fine people;”

•say he can grab women due to his celebrity status;

•and on and on.

No, Mr. Kelly. The impeachment process is necessary to at least try to remove a dangerous and corrupt president who is an imminent threat to the values the United States should stand for, exactly as the founders intended.

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