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Opinion Impeachment Could Save Democracy; Americans Should Embrace It

17:30  13 november  2019
17:30  13 november  2019 Source:   dailycaller.com

Trump says he told Fox to get a new pollster amid network's 'lousy' polls on support for impeachment

  Trump says he told Fox to get a new pollster amid network's 'lousy' polls on support for impeachment President Trump called Fox News pollsters “lousy” and suggested the network find better people to run their presidential polling amid data showing nearly half of American voters support impeachment. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.During a gaggle on Sunday, Trump was asked if he is confident that he will win reelection in 2020 despite the impeachment proceedings that are underway. He claimed that his internal polling was strong. “I’m very confident,” Trump said. “Our poll numbers are great. We’re doing very well in the polls.

I’ve spoken to Democrats who fear making impeachment too partisan, holding out hope But they leave many Americans terrified by Trump’s erratic behavior and incompetence feeling marooned But Bill Clinton’s impeachment already normalized its use against Democrats on the flimsiest of pretexts.

Can Democracy Save America ? by Evaggelos Vallianatos. Yet the country did not embrace real democracy . Instead, it continued the slave regime of the British and modeled its government after that of England. Such treaties should leave no chance for cheating and hiding nuclear bombs. Democracy came to their rescue. Rich Americans – let’s say those with more than five million dollars

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On May 3, I wrote an op-ed for the Kansas City Star, titled, “Trump, Pence are Illegitimate. Impeach Them.” It finally appeared in print and online on May 23. It was the first time a current or former Republican member of congress had called for Trump’s removal. Fast forward 181 days later, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution setting forth the rules of an impeachment inquiry.

While I was pleased with this turn of events, many Americans remain uneasy about impeachment. They shouldn’t be. The founding fathers saw impeachment as a bulwark against tyranny.

Mary Anne Marsh: When Pelosi sets her sights on something she will not be denied. (Trump should be worried)

  Mary Anne Marsh: When Pelosi sets her sights on something she will not be denied. (Trump should be worried) The recent picture of Pelosi standing up to Trump in the White House is the perfect symbol of how she is handling impeachment. She is In command and in control.Following 10 busy days that included leading a bipartisan delegation to the Mideast in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Syria, an unannounced trip to meet Afghanistan’s president and visit U.S. commanders and troops there, and delivering back-to-back eulogies for her brother Thomas D’Allessandro and beloved colleague Elijah Cummings, Nancy Pelosi moved with military precision to deliver the votes for the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump.

How House Democrats can save democracy and the rule of law: Impeach Donald Trump ASAP. James Carroll. The House also needs to start an impeachment inquiry now so it can pick up the pieces if Mueller is fired, or take up the slack if Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker constricts

Democracy depends on the consent of the losers. For most of the 20th century, parties and candidates in the United States have competed in elections with For good measure, he also quoted a supporter’s dark prediction that impeachment “will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our

Back in May I wrote that the Mueller Report concluded the Trump-Pence ticket asked for and willingly accepted Russia’s intervention in the election on their behalf. In addition, their campaign chairman colluded with a Russian intelligence asset, sharing polling and a written strategy on how to use the information. And the Russians did just that. This information was contained in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report along with ten possible counts of obstruction of justice committed by Trump. That was enough for me to call for both Trump and Pence to be impeached and removed from office.

Today there is even more credible evidence of collusion between the campaign and Russia — via WikiLeaks. Testimony at Roger Stone’s on going trial on federal charges of making false statements to the House Intelligence Committee, committing obstruction of justice and witness tampering, is solidifying Stone’s role as intermediary between WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign. We will undoubtedly learn more about the collusion between the campaign and Russia/WikiLeaks connection as the trial continues.

The GOP's cynical anti-impeachment argument

  The GOP's cynical anti-impeachment argument Is it undemocratic to hold President Trump accountable for his efforts to undermine democracy? Listening to GOP leaders over the weekend, you would think so. Democrats — and the evidence they have gathered in the impeachment inquiry — say Trump used U.S. military aid to pressure Ukraine officials into announcing an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his family. Increasingly, Republican leaders are prepared to abandon the notion that Trump did nothing wrong here.

Brazilians can embrace the politics of division and the seductive appeal of simplistic solutions, following the path of populist authoritarians in Hungary, Poland and the Philippines. Alternatively, they can preserve and renew their young democracy . To start, they will need to build a popular front to contain

Democrats should embrace impeachment . There are strategic merits to all these arguments. But they leave many Americans terrified by Trump’s erratic behavior and incompetence feeling marooned, confused as to why their leaders aren’t treating this presidency like the civic emergency that it is.

At the time my piece was published, public sentiment was significantly against impeachment but I argued that after hearing public testimony, Americans would come around to support impeachment. I had politically survived the Watergate scandal but it almost ended my budding political career during my 1974 re-election campaign to the Missouri House of Representatives. Nixon was to cost the party close to a decade of support.

The House’s impeachment resolution passed on Oct. 31 appears not to be focused on the findings in the Mueller Report but rather triggered by the disclosure of a telephone call between President Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine in which Trump asked for the Ukrainian government to find dirt on a leading political opponent of Trump’s.

But the House investigation has produced more than a phone call. The call was actually the culmination of a criminal conspiracy set in motion and carried out by President Trump, his “personal lawyer” Rudy Giuliani, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, and the president’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney. The criminal extortion/bribe was made in the phone call by President Trump under color of his office and was leveraged by a $400 million appropriation approved by congress but held up by the White House for Ukraine to defend itself from a Russian invasion.

Impeachment investigators subpoena Mick Mulvaney

  Impeachment investigators subpoena Mick Mulvaney Impeachment investigators subpoena Mick MulvaneyMulvaney had already signaled he would likely refuse lawmakers’ demands to testify, and the White House has issued a blanket order against cooperating with the impeachment probe.

Impeachment Inquiry. Lifestyle. Brazil is not unique. There are multiple reasons that people in democracies , especially the middle and upper classes, increasingly think that army interventions could be acceptable — and that the military could preserve liberal norms or hamper illiberal populists.

Impeachment is the process by which a legislative body levels charges against a government official. Impeachment does not in itself remove the official definitively from office

As the public hearings begin, public approval for impeachment and removal is about evenly split. Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who will be presiding, should be even-handed but firm with the Republicans on the committee. And it would be wise for Republicans to avoid the farcical theatrics they engaged in that created a circus like atmosphere at a previous hearing on the Mueller Report. Impeachment is serious business and the public views it as such.

I am confident that by the end of the televised public hearings and the passage of Articles of Impeachment by the full House, there will be overwhelming public support for the Senate to convict and remove the 45th president of the United States. There is just too much damning evidence of presidential abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and criminal activity through extortion.

At this point in the Watergate scandal, GOP congressional leaders told Nixon his political support was evaporating and that he should resign. Maybe that scenario will play out again when senate Republicans finally recognize the political headwinds are blowing strongly against them. But if a resignation is not forthcoming, we must ask whether enough Republican senators, in the face of the overwhelming evidence and public support for conviction, will finally put their country not only over party, but over Trump. The answer to that question will determine if we are able to continue as a democracy.

Tom Coleman represented Missouri as a Republican in the United States House from 1976-1993. He has taught as an adjunct professor at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and at American University in Washington, D.C.

The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of The Daily Caller.

70% of Americans say Trump’s actions tied to Ukraine were wrong: POLL .
A slim majority of Americans, 51%, believe Trump’s actions were wrong and he should be impeached and removed from office. But only 21% of Americans say they are following the hearings very closely. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); In addition to the 51%, another 19% think that Trump's actions were wrong, but that he should either be impeached by the House but not removed from office, or be neither impeached by the House nor convicted by the Senate.

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