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Impeachment: The Constitution’s Cure

It is now time to seriously consider the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which provides for removal of a president who is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” As scandal continues to engulf the Trump administration, impeachment is our only option to save our Democracy from Trump’s lies and treason.

So far, Trump has used his power to completely dismantle Obama’s legacy and the values our country was built on.

He’s attacked the rights of vulnerable communities, introduced a health-care plan that would leave millions without insurance, and proposed major cuts to programs like Medicaid and Social Security.

We’ve had enough.

It’s clear that Donald Trump doesn’t care about the American people — he’s more concerned with checking boxes on an extremist backward agenda.

That’s why we must taking a stand and demanding IMPEACHMENT when we need it most.

Donald Trump’s campaign boast that “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters” may still hold true for the dead-enders who cling to the fantasy that he’s a competent commander-in-chief. But the Trump team doesn’t set the standard for presidential accountability. That was done back in 1787, when the initiators of the American experiment delineated the impeachment power that is suddenly all the rage.

Thankfully, the American people have always been more constitutionally inclined than the political elites. Tens of millions of good citizens are now prepared to explore every option for checking the authoritarian instincts of a man who would be what patriots have always feared: “a king for four years.”

After the president fired FBI director James Comey — in what Trump essentially admitted in a nationally televised interview was a blatant attempt to thwart the bureau’s investigation into the charges of Russian involvement with his campaign — Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) said the “impeachment clock” had moved “an hour closer to midnight.”

When it was revealed that Trump had confided to Russian officials after the Comey firing that “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off,” the impeachment clock’s alarm sounded. According to Comey, Trump had requested that the FBI drop its investigation into former national-security adviser Michael Flynn and his ties to Russia. Those details now read like the elements of an article of impeachment for obstruction of justice. As Harvard Law school professor Laurence Tribe explained in a May 14 argument for impeachment: “This president has shown that he cannot be trusted to remain within the law, and our Constitution’s last resort for situations of that kind is to get the person out of office.”

Impeachment is not a “constitutional crisis”; it is rather the cure for one. A failure to apply that cure, for reasons of caution or partisan calculation, is a form of political malpractice that ill serves the Republic that not just presidents but members of Congress swear to defend.

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