If Trump had never met a Russian, he should be impeached for his corruption while in office. Had he never been corrupt, he should be impeached for trying to defraud the American people with hush money payments during the campaign.
If he had never done that, he should be impeached for his obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation. If he had never done that, he should be impeached for his willful dereliction of his presidential responsibilities in Puerto Rico and elsewhere.
If he had never done that he should be impeached for his serial violation of human rights and international law at our borders. If he had never done that he should be impeached for his decades of hidden tax fraud.
If he had never committed those crimes, he should be impeached for his company's serial efforts to launder money or defraud customers worldwide. If he had never done that, he should be impeached for covering up the known crimes of his cabinet and senior staff members.
If he had never done any of those things there are undoubtedly other high crimes & misdemeanors we do not yet know of,lies to the special prosecutor, providing secrets to our enemies, secret pacts with foreign leaders, participating in the cover up of the murder of a US resident.
While a case can be made to hold off impeachment hearings until the Mueller investigation is done, there can be no doubt that while the founders created the impeachment remedy with president's like Trump in mind, they had no idea such wide-ranging egregious crimes...
...would ever be committed by a single president. Nor could they have ever imagined that one of their carefully considered "checks and balances",the power of the U.S. Congress to oversee and offset the president, would be so ignored or suppressed by leaders like Mitch McConnell.
Some say we should wait to remove Trump in the 2020 election...and if he is not removed before, he should surely be removed then. But that said, with each day we see the extraordinary nature of the threat posed by this profoundly corrupt, incompetent, unfit man.
Each day he is in office that office is diminished, the country is done a disservice, our alliances are weakened, our enemies are strengthened, the rule of law is undercut, and our futures are put more in question. He must go.
The patriotic path is to constrain him until we can remove him. But remove him we must just as soon as we can.
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