Blog on Impeachment from Judy Villa:
The impeachment process is rather complicated for the average citizen. Our divided country is further polarized by watching TV pundits explain and dissect the process. Mental health professionals caution us not to tune in or read regularly about impeachment as too much information is leading us to higher levels of depression and anxiety. Where we are in this unnerving and historic saga prescribed by the Constitution is that the full House of Representatives has voted along Party lines to impeach President Trump, which means he will be tried in the Senate. Some say that the Articles of Impeachment accusing the President of Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress should not be forwarded to the Senate until Senate Majority Leader McConnell promises a fair trial; currently, he is avoiding fulfilling his oath of office. Republican Senators have closed ranks, many arguing that witnesses who could have exonerated Trump were not heard during the House Judiciary proceedings, so why bring those witnesses forward during the Senate trial. This seems like a logical fallacy based on faulty reasoning guided by slavish loyalty and the love of power over the rule of law.
We scratch our heads over the legal machinations. Did the President engage in bribery? How about extortion? How about inviting foreign countries (Russia, Ukraine, China, etc.) to hack/interfere in American elections in 2016 and 2020? How about violating the Constitutional separation of powers by strong-arming Republican Congresspersons and using the Attorney General to corrupt judicial process by refusing to allow his staff to comply with subpoenas? Trump’s publicly threatening the sovereignty of the United States by allowing himself to be “played” by foreign governments such as Russia and North Korea add to our fears that he wants to be a dictator who seizes powers that are not delegated to him by a democratic government.
Does Trump put his personal gain above his duties as the President? Is threatening to withhold Congressionally approved aid to Ukraine the one criminal behavior that was a step too far? Is flouting Congress’s duty to call witnesses in an impeachment investigation a violation of his oath of office to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution? The average person cannot rely on mass communication pronouncements and social media attacks for the whole truth. If Trump isn’t guilty of impeachable offenses, shouldn’t his Republican apologists want a fair trial in the Senate? Oh, I forgot: Trump bragged, “ I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters, okay? It's like incredible." Saudi Arabia, anyone?
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