Democrat loyalists have not liked Donald Trump since he announced on June 17, 2015 he was running for president. Since Trump’s inauguration, Dem’s have called for Trump’s impeachment to the point I became deaf to their declaration. But, when I learned three prominent Republicans recently said we are witnessing a massive corruption of Donald Trump’s presidency that is far worse than Watergate, that got my attention.
President Nixon White House Counsel John Dean (Rep.), the master manipulator of the Watergate cover-up and key witness against his boss, said “I don’t think Richard Nixon even comes close to the level of corruption we already know about Trump.”
Richard Painter (Rep.), a University of Minnesota law professor who served as an ethics adviser for President George W. Bush said of Trump, “if administration officials can’t deliver some satisfying answers soon (to Trump-Russia scandals), this is definitely grounds for impeachment.”
Eliot Cohen (Rep.), U.S. Department of State counselor to George W. Bush, noted if Trump’s highly classified and sensitive ISIS intelligence information sharing with untrustworthy Russia “was deliberate, it would be treason,” an impeachable offense.
Three separate and distinct allegations about Trump by three White House experienced Republicans peaked my curiosity. On further investigation I found seven prominent and revered constitutional law professors and a former judge are leading a campaign to impeach president Trump; Free Speech for People is a non-partisan non-profit organization. As of May 18, 1,093,651 Americans have signed their names to the impeachment campaign (www.ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.org).
The eight member Free Speech for People legal advisory board contends “from the moment he assumed the office, President Donald Trump has been in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution. The president is not above the law. We will not allow president Trump to profit from the presidency at the expense of our democracy. Congress’s impeachment investigation should include the president’s violation of the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses and whether the president has, in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, prevented, obstructed or impeded the administration of justice.”
As proof, Trump’s 144 business holdings in 25 countries is said to present unprecedented conflicts of interest, internationally and domestically. With Trump having his relatives as senior White House advisers where insider trading information could occur, this would be a violation of the STOCK (Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge) Act of 2012.
Another possible legal issue facing Trump was his May 9 firing of FBI Director James Comey. Many constitutional lawyers insist Trump’s actions in firing Comey, who was gathering pre-election Trump-Russia interactions, is an explicit obstruction of justice by interfering with the investigation.
Should it be found Trump asked Comey on February 14 to make the Michael Flynn-Russia collusion investigation go away, that’s another corrupt obstruction of justice incident. Flynn and Trump campaign advisers were in contact with Russian officials 18 times prior to the 2016 presidential election.
Two questions remain. First, how many alleged violations of the Constitution do we need to make an impeachment process decision? Secondly, what’s your thinking on these six alleged impeachable offenses about our 45th president (i.e., Foreign Emoluments Clause, Domestic Emoluments Clause, STOCK Act of 2012, obstruction of justice case no. 1, obstruction of justice case no. 2 and treason)?
It’s time to make your opinion on this matter known. Contact the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, request your call be transferred to your Representative and Senators and give them your verdict on initiating impeachment proceedings.
Remember, Trump is your president who is to abide by our U.S. Constitution. It is high time we put our country’s best interests before party politics.
Steve Corbin is Professor Emeritus of Marketing, University of Northern Iowa, and a 1966 graduate of Nevada High School.