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Where will it end?

To the editor:

The Constitution states the following about impeachment. “The House of Representatives … shall have the sole power of impeachment.” “The Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments” and further explains the process and possible outcomes. “The president … shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

President Trump has now been impeached by the Democrats in the House of Representatives for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. These are not crimes. The impeachment was based on a phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president. It was reported by a whistleblower who had no actual knowledge of the phone call. It was based on hearsay evidence, which is not admissible in any court of law in our country. Trump released the transcript of the phone call, the actual evidence. Both Trump and the Ukrainian president stated that there was no “quid pro quo” in the phone call, which was the original basis for the impeachment. The Democrats insisted that they needed to impeach Trump quickly because he was a threat to national security. Democrats developed their own rules for the impeachment process. They called witnesses who had perceptions about Trump, but no real evidence. They did not allow Republicans to call witnesses. Witnesses were told that they did not have to answer questions from Republicans. Although Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that impeachment would not take place until there was bipartisan support for it, the only bipartisan vote was against impeachment when a few Democrats actually voted against impeachment.

The vote for impeachment happened on Dec. 19. The next step should be to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial. Pelosi has not sent the articles of impeachment to the Senate with the excuse that she wants to ensure that the trial will be fair. Why didn’t she insist that the actual impeachment process in the House be conducted in a fair manner as prior impeachments were conducted? Why didn’t President Trump have the same impeachment process as President Clinton?

Many Democrats called to remove Trump from office even before he was sworn in. The impeachment rhetoric began right after his election. Democrats could not believe the results of the election. They want to remove the electoral college, which would ensure that largely populated states would elect our president. The Democrats have not accepted the results of an election since Al Gore lost to George Bush. They do not understand that the middle-class deplorables who cling to their guns and Bibles have figured out that the Democrats do not represent us. There have been some Democrats in Congress who have stated that they must remove President Trump by impeachment so that he won’t win the next election.

First there was the multi-million-dollar Mueller investigation that exonerated President Trump. Now there is this sham impeachment to try to remove President Trump from office. When will it end?

Michalene King

Wintersville

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