In a letter to her colleagues, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that Trump had committed bribery and extortion.
Last week, the country was impressed by the valor and patriotism of the dedicated public servants and career diplomats, appointed by the President, in speaking truth to power. This week, we will hear from additional witnesses who will courageously expose the truth and defend our democracy.
The facts are uncontested: that the President abused his power for his own personal, political benefit, at the expense of our national security interests.
The weak response to these hearings has been, “Let the election decide.” That dangerous position only adds to the urgency of our action, because the President is jeopardizing the integrity of the 2020 elections.
There are also some who say that no serious wrongdoing was committed, because the military assistance to Ukraine was eventually released. The fact is, the aid was only released after the whistleblower exposed the truth of the President’s extortion and bribery, and the House launched a formal investigation.
None of us comes to Congress to impeach a President, but rather to make progress for America’s working families. However, our first order of business is our oath to support and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. As such, we are custodians of the Constitution and, For The People, defenders of our democracy.
Speaker Pelosi was right. Republicans have thrown up conspiracies and smokescreens, but the one thing that they have not done is contest the fact that Trump abused presidential power for his own personal benefit.
The center of the articles of impeachment will Trump’s bribery and extortion of Ukraine.
If Trump wants to present his side, he is free to testify. The House is protecting the country from a domestic enemy in the Oval Office. Republicans distract and complain, but they can’t contest the impeachable offenses of Donald Trump.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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