13 June, 2019
Congresswoman Nancy Patricia Pelosi
Longworth House Office Building
15 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Congresswoman Pelosi:
For the past not quite two and one half years, we have watched the presidency of Donald Trump unfold, entirely too often with the pattern of undoing, controverting or negating standards of operation or behavior which virtually any other occupant of the Oval Office would treat as sacrosanct. He has derided America’s intelligence community and sided with Vladimir Putin, regarding interference in the 2016 presidential election. He declared that there were “good people on both sides” of the debacle in Charlottesville, where one woman was killed and others injured by one of those soi-disant “good people.” He “fell in love” with Kim Jung-un and is apparently willing to tolerate that despot’s dangerous behavior even in front of a long-time ally such as Japan. He has made gaffes the likes of which I have never seen before in my 68 years, to the point where someone else might tune him out. I won’t, because I recognize the danger that he represents to this country.
Then yesterday, during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, President Trump declared that he apparently would have no problem in soliciting the assistance of foreign powers in order to secure a second term. It’s bad enough that, before he was elected, he threw out that: “Russia, if you’re listening…” declaration and fired former FBI director James Comey because of the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election. Now he states in boldface that there was no point in contacting the FBI, that “I think I would listen,” as though there were nothing wrong with such action at all.
Madame Speaker, I know you want to be circumspect as regards the issue of beginning the mechanism of impeachment. I get it. For myself, my camel’s back has been broken. Trump’s public lawlessness has gone as far as we should be able to tolerate with this latest statement. Please, let’s at least start inquiries into the process, if for no other reason than that not doing so will set the bar higher the next time around.
The time has come, Madame Speaker. Let’s do it.
Loren C. Miller, Jr.