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Few questions are more important to our democracy than the question of whether the President of the United States broke his vow to faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States and to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Whether to impeach a president has been put to the House of Representatives only four times in our nation’s history — as near-certain impeachment closes in on President Trump this coming week.

It is the responsibility of Congress to investigate the President’s conduct with the seriousness it requires. Some representatives have done so many others clearly have not, preferring political dishonesty to fact-finding.

To us, the facts leading to this moment are not in dispute.

The President provided a call summary (not a word-for-word transcript) of his communications with the president of Ukraine. Those communications and other testimony and evidence presented to Congress show that he used the power of the Office of the President to solicit a personal, political benefit. 

Here’s a quick recap: Trump called the new president of Ukraine on July 25. Someone within the intelligence community (the whistleblower) heard the call and was concerned enough to report it to his boss, who agreed that things said in the call were problematic, and kicked it up the chain to the director of national intelligence.

The reason for concern? In the call Trump pressures the Ukrainian president to investigate the family of a political rival, former vice president and current presidential candidate Joe Biden. The president even delayed funds apportioned by Congress to support Ukraine’s military against Russian aggression to increase that pressure.

Federal elections law prohibits any person — including presidents — from soliciting, accepting, or receiving anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election. 

It is also undisputed that, once the Congress began its investigation into this conduct, the President not only refused to participate he prohibited others from doing so, withholding documents and information important to the inquiry. That’s obstruction.

That is why Trump is now facing possible impeachment. 

The House of Representatives is the people’s house, and the Constitution gives it full responsibility for impeachment. When President Trump obstructed the impeachment inquiry, he made it clear that he doesn’t think the American people deserve to know what’s going on in the administration.

The president doesn’t own the government and he’s not above the law. He’s a caretaker acting on our behalf and when Congress demands an accounting, it’s the President’s duty to comply. 

President Trump has been given every opportunity to answer the charges against him. He demands friendly witnesses, yet refuses to allow his most loyal supporters to testify. He complains the proceedings are unfair, yet refuses to allow his lawyers to participate in the hearings.

Our founders fashioned the exclusive power of impeachment so that Congress can act when a President abuses the powers of the office and the trust that we, the people, place in it. It is central to our very foundations that no individual, including and especially the President, is above the law. 

President Donald Trump will be impeached this coming week — as he deserves. 

It is clear today the Senate and its Republican majority will not seriously consider the charges against Trump and will look to quickly vote not to remove him from office.

So be it. All elections have consequences. 

Trump is only the fourth U.S. president to face impeachment proceedings and the first to be running for re-election at the same time. 

The deadline to register to vote in the next presidential  election on Nov. 5 is Oct. 7. We encourage all eligible adults to vote. Vox populi.                             

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baytownbert

Vox po·pu·li is the opinions or beliefs of the majority. Under our electoral college system, which keeps large populated cities from forcing laws down the throat of the rest of the nation... Trump is that man.

Unlike the editorial staff, many in this country do not believe the media is impartial and the Baytown Sun proves this on a regular basis. No one cares that the staff of our local paper is liberal and Socialist in goal and aim. We just want to know the actual facts, unlike the ones Adam Schiff brought forward from hand chosen and partisan witnesses.

Now they are up in arms because Trump won't play ball? It is so preposterous to believe that any logic-based voter would swallow the Democratic strategy, let alone our bright editorial staff at the BS. Do Liberals think anyone who doesn't believe their kook-aid flavor is the best is simple, idiotic, moronic and stupid?

To me, the facts leading to this moment are in dispute, as one-sided by design. Schiff and Nadler are not guardians of the Constitution (their newest strategy to cloud non-thinking minds) and it is insulting to the American voter to make those preposterous claims. They have relentlessly attacked the Constitution from day one along with their party.

Get ready for almost 5 more years of Trump?Pence and maybe we can elect him a third term.

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