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.

Sincerely,

Loren C. Miller, Jr.

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'Nuff said.

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Comment by Michael Penn on June 25, 2019 at 4:39pm

I would think that New York is up in arms today becauseTrump is lawless and hasn't got a clue about his duties as president. They did not like him before and now he makes a mockery of the office. Trump's style of capitalism appears to be mostly threats and refusals to pay for services rendered, then claim that he has the best lawyers so he would win anyway.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 25, 2019 at 12:38pm

Michael, during the years before Trump ran for president, did New York do nothing because he was doing American-style capitalism?

Comment by Michael Penn on June 24, 2019 at 8:49am

No more than trying a man twice for the same crime would be double jeopardy and we do it all the time. I see this and I get it, but as it stands right now Trump will not want to leave after 8 years because of what the state of New York will do to him.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 24, 2019 at 6:19am

Frankly, I suspect Senate Republicans will stand their ground ... and pay for it.  Their situation is made worse by the fact that there are a LOT more GOP Senate seats up for grabs in 2020 than there were in 2018 and their control of that chamber is far more at risk now.  Their problem is that too many of them have so hitched their wagon to Trump that getting shut of Donnie becomes a difficult option to choose, making such Senators much bigger (and possibly easier) targets.

Fact is, trying to do political predictions is a mug's game at best, and all I'm doing here is spit-balling.  Still, if the Democrats play this right (NOT a small "if!"), the Executive and Legislative branches of the US government will be in Democratic hands, come 21 January, 2021, and the Republicans, organizationally and politically, will be in very deep sneakers.

And Trump?  He might be impeached and almost certainly won't be removed, but out of office, he will be facing a shitstorm of federal and state charges and civil lawsuits which I suspect will occupy his attention for the rest of his life.  I don't think double jeopardy attaches, either, since impeachment is a governmental process, not a legal one.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 24, 2019 at 5:49am

Of course Trump’s actions warrant at least an inquiry into impeachment.

But an inquiry will have consequences—personal and impersonal, emotional and rational, short-lived and long-lived, and probably more.

Given a GOP Senate majority who fear Trump’s supporters will challenge them in primaries, what are the most likely consequences?

Comment by Loren Miller on June 23, 2019 at 2:27pm

My attitude is that, if Trump's actions to date don't warrant at minimum beginning an inquiry into impeachment, what would? As to the House possibly voting to impeach and the Senate failing to remove Trump from office, that failure can be Republicans' mark of shame in not doing their job and choosing Trump over the good of the country (gee, big surprise there). Democrats can paint GOP opponents with that throughout the 2020 election season. With luck, that will help put the Senate back in Dem hands.

In embracing Trump, the GOP has compromised their principles for the sake of short-term gains and putting the future of the party at risk. They have a LOT to lose. I just wonder if the Dems have sufficient killer instinct to take advantage.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 23, 2019 at 1:16pm

Loren, I see three outcomes before the 2020 elections.

1) Do the inquiry and impeach. the Senate will not convict. Trump will crow, "I won!"

2) Do the inquiry and do not impeach. Trump will crow, "I won!"

3) Continue investigating, probably winning in court, and educating voters.

A question: if the House impeaches Trump for his crimes, will prosecuting him for the same crimes be double jeopardy?

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