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Impeach Trump.

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President ought to be impeached and removed from office. The US Constitution provides for a president being peacably and lawfull deposed in the case of high crimes and misdemeanours.

Trump is only 4 months into his presidency. In that time he has done more than enough to merit being booted out of the White House. The New York Times stated that Trump lied or made mismeading statements over 448 times in about 3 months. That is not criminal. There was an attempt to remove Bill Clinton from officer for mendacity that related only to an extramarital affair. Admittly Clinton lied Under oath. There is little moral difference between lying Under oath and not. Remember many Republicans demanded that Clinton be defenestrated for that. Among those are Republicans who are not doughty defenders of Pinochio Trump..

Trump ought to be removed over the Russia gate scandal. His golf courses have long been funded by Russian investors as his son revealed several years ago. There is Nothing amiss in soliciting Investment from another country incuding Russia.

Let us go back over the key events. Michael Flynn met top Russian officials over the past couple of years. This was when he had no governmental position. He was naturally entitled to meet these leading Russians. However, the content of his discussions was not permissible. He seems to have breached the Logan Act which prohibits private diplomacy. That is to say he tried to broker a deal that would lead to the USA recognising Crimea as Russian territory. You might agree or disagree with this Policy. However, it is for the US Government to conduct foreign Policy.

One of Trumps right hand men was a paid adviser to pro Russian politicians in the Ukraine. Again he is allowed to do this so long as he did not counsel illegal actions to be taken.

Putin heaped praise on Trump and was known to revile Hilary Clinton. Mrs Clinton was an architect of the American Policy of opposing Russian ambitions in the Ukraine. Why would V  V Putin not loathe her?

Trump returned the compliment and he lauded President Putin. Again Putin and Trump are permitted to have a love in. Is it not reasonable to draw inférences from this?

The US security agencies unanimously said that Russian state hackers had hacked into the Democratic Partys computers. They released information liable to damage the Clinton campaign. This is all logical. There is a very blatant pattern of the Trump campaign and the Russian Government assisting each other.

Is it beyond the bounds of credibility that Moscow would intervene in a foreign election? They did so in the Ukraine in 2004. Russia had troops occupying some of Moldova; Georgia and the Ukraine. What about the Kremins denials? These are hard to credit. Remember the Russian Government told the most bare faced lies about its troops being in Crimea in 2014. Moscow continues to say that it has no troops in the Ukraine and has given no arms to the rebels. Likewise the Russian State insistes that Assads men have carried out no massacres in Syria. Moscow continuously tells the most flagrant lies despite absolutely indisputable evidence to the contrary. Just like Trump. No Wonder he likes Putin so much.

It is quite true that the United States interfered in many foreign lands. The USA tried to swing élections towards its allies in other countries. It is hypocritical for Americans to howl about someone else doing this to theM. America has not interfered in a foreign election for décades though.

Trump sacked him because Comey was doing his duty. Director Comeye was following the evidence wherever it led. He was investigating without fear or favour. The Federal Bureau of Investigation retained confidence in Comey despite Trump giving that as a specious reason for the man s removal.*

Comey had dinner with Trump and Tru^mp pressurised Comey into shutting down the investigation into Flynn. Why would Trump he so anxious about that? What does he know that Comey would discover?

Donald J Trump disputes Comeys versions of events. Comey has never lied to the public. Trump has told proven lies hundreds upon hundreds of times through his campaign and into his presidency.

In his book the Art of the Deal Trump told people to lie in order to sell and to make deals. He said to play to peoples fantasies. In a sense that is what he did when he campaigned and lade promises he knew he could never fulfill. A border wall with Mexico paid for by Mexico was one. Trump vowed to stop the carnage. He has failed to do that and always shall especially as he is a gun nut. The list goes on.

In a meeting with the Russian diplomats the president revealed classified information. This came from Israel and concerned ISIS; The president can declassify information. He did it on the hoof. He also damaged relations with Israel which is a country he purports to adore. The Israelis will be reluctant to share secret intelligence in future since Trump is so cavalier with it. He has endangered their agents.

 

The House of Représentatives can vote to impeach Trump by a simple majority. Only the Senate can vote to remove him from ofice. That requires a two thirds vote. As the Republicans have a majority in the Senate it is very hard to see that happening. Some Republican doyens such as John McCain have denounced  Trumps interference with the justice system and his unpatriotic behaviour.

The Russiagate scandal refuses to go away. It was known about during his campaign. The Clintons had White Water but that was a trifle compared to this.

President Trump swore an oath to protect , preserve and defend the Constitution of the United States. He has done the very opposite. He has reneged on this promise as he has done with every promise he ever made. Trump has been interfering in the FBI doing its duty. He wants partial policing.

Republicans are frustrated that their legislative programme is making very little headway. The have made only small progress in getting rid of Affordable Care. This is not popular and even many Republicans want to keep elements of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act. The GOP has called its bill the American Healthcare Act as if calling Something American automatically makes it better.

There is a budget deadlock. There is no sign of the border wall being built. NAFTA is not being renegotiated or cancelled. The Iran deal has not been ripped up. Executive order hyper activity is no substitute for a decent presidency. His Muslim ban bid has ended in farce>. He has also been courteous to Mahmoud Abbas which is the only praiseworthy thing he has done. This has infuriated anti Palestinian racists.

The Syrian Civil War is not cooling down. Trump has achieved Nothing though there is a fall in unemployment. It is hard to see how he is responsible for that.

Republicans may see that they are mired by Trump. Taking office his approval ratings were the lowest of any president. He lay drag the party down with him; Republicans may fear major losses in the mid term élections in 18 months time. However, it is unlikely that many will vote to boot him out. This is why Trump will probably keep his job.

If Trump were dumped he would be replaced by Michael Pence. Pence represents no imporvement in terms of his opinions. He has a better temperament and seems to believe what he says. He has some decorum and dispassionate judgment. Congress would elect a new Vice President as they did to put Ford in and indeed Rockerfeller.

This impeachment process is unlikely to be crowned with success. It could at least bog down the Republicans. It could be very demoralising for theM . It might backfire for Democrats as it did for Republicans in 1998 99. The electorate felt it was unreasonable and foolish to persist with when it stood little chance of coming to fruition. It would gratify the base. It is also a gigantic filibuster. It would waste a lot of congressional time and prevent the Republican from pursuing their plutocratic and retrograde agenda.

Trump is erratic and unhinged. He is utterly mendacious and he has a grossly inflated notion of his own abilities. He is vicious and vile. This is by far the most disgusting individual ever to have sat in the White House.

 

 

 

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