President Donald Trump claimed that the impeachment process was a partisan one. But that is only because he made it one. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and the president have threatened Republican legislators out of hearing from important witnesses whose testimony is more than likely incriminating. U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, a former Republican, had to leave his own party to support impeachment. Republican leadership proliferates the partisanship that they claim to oppose. Members of the Senate and House of Representatives were coerced by the threat of primaries and withdrawal of financial support of their reelection campaigns if they voted their conscience.

The Republican leadership has begun to echo the politics of the despotic regimes and the Banana Republics which they claim to oppose: undermining the rule of law, refusing to hear facts and letting dollars dictate decisions of government.

Jackson Ribler

Leesburg

(17) comments

ace10

Can't tell if letter writer is serious.

amerigirl

Of course, and it's time to get all the info ready for his second impeachment. He will go down in history as the only president to be impeached twice.

ace10

Another stupid Left Wing conspiracy theory.

Chris McHale

Amerigirl - I find your comment offensive. However rather than report you I decided to tell you directly. You state that the President should be Impeached again but fail to say why. This is similar to when people comment that someone is guilty and should be deported based solely on their mugshot or their name. Shame on you.

Jeanne T

LOL

amerigirl

Chris, sorry but that is truly how I feel, report me for what? They say I have every right to my opinion as long as I am not using obscene language or threatening, the why: first would be the violations of the Emoluments Clause, which he refers to as ‘phony’. President Trump is accepting numerous financial benefits from foreign governments through his business empire without having first obtained the consent of Congress.

Trump is profiting off the American people. He is raising his rate for secret service to stay at his properties above the going rate. Guess who is paying for that? The surge in Air Force flights stopping for refueling at the Glasgow Prestwick Airport in Scotland. Flight crews and passengers from some of those flights spent the night at the Trump Turnberry resort, about 25 miles away, an average cost of $189.04 per night, The Defense Department also reported that there was an additional $59,729 in travel charges associated with the Trump Turnberry that could not be tied to actual travel vouchers. Trying to get the G7 summit at his Miami resort. Suggesting that foreign leaders stay at his hotel in DC, (Saudi Arabia spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in spending at his D.C. hotel)

Second, he signed an Executive Order promising to withhold federal money from what it called “sanctuary jurisdictions,”. According to the Constitution, it is Congress that hold’s the purse strings, a federal judge ruled against him. He did not have the authority to take money from the military for his wall, it was not excess and the military had to go begging to Congress for more money. He just did that again.

Third: Abuse of the Powers of the President and Abuse of Public Trust. His constant lying to the people. Trump posted a tweet on Saturday vowing, “We will not be touching your Social Security and Medicare in Fiscal 2021 Budget.” One day later, the Wall Street Journal published a report indicating that Trump is doing exactly that with his budget proposal. The White House proposes to cut spending by $4.4 trillion over a decade. Of that, it targets $2 trillion in savings from mandatory spending programs, including $130 billion from changes to Medicare prescription-drug pricing, $292 billion from safety-net cuts—such as work requirements for Medicaid and food stamps—and $70 billion from tightening eligibility access to disability benefits. The people who would be hit the hardest are in red states in the Midwest, who have already farms and their livings due to trade laws. He has repeated this action almost every year while he vows to not cut entitlements.

. “In violation of the Appropriations Clause and the criminal prohibition of the Anti-Deficiency Act, President Trump has committed to spending billions of dollars far in excess of what Congress has appropriated for the wall. In violation of the Declare War Clause, President Trump has continued to wage or has initiated presidential wars in Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and has used special forces offensively in several African nations. He has repeatedly appointed principal officers of the United States, including the National Security Advisor and Cabinet officials, who have not been confirmed by the Senate in violation of the Appointments Clause, Article II, section 2, clause 2,

There are more

amerigirl

sure ace. Truth hurts right?

RoundHillGuy

Boi the liberal crazies are really triggered and running for their safe spaces uh?

amerigirl

No, they are running for office......and winning.

workhardgetahead

We'll see in November.

amerigirl

work, yes we will!

pual mase

Amerigirl, the lies and half=truths you posted above and regularly smother in LTM comments pages are blatantly partisan talking points derived from fake news and liberal false narratives. As someone that cites lack of "fact-checking" by others, you regularly make claims that are unsupported or cite clearly biased sources as factual.

I'll cite a few lies in your comments above.

You accuse Trump of "repeatedly appointed......the National Security Advisor and Cabinet Officers, who have not been confirmed by the Senate".

Well the National Security Advisor and acting cabinet officials ARE NOT required to have Senate confirmation. Previous presidents have appointed such positions without Senate confirmation as the normal course of business yet you imply it a scandal when Trump lawfully does this.

You accuse Trump of proposing to cut Social Security and Medicare in his proposed budget. What you don't explain is that Trump's budget represents continued growth in SS and Medicare spending and would not target or cut benefits to individuals. Most objective commentary on the proposed budget confirm this. Of course the Dems and you spin it to mislead.

You accuse Trump of profiting off the American people and cite anecdotes about rates and stays and a few Trumps properties. The truth: Trump has removed himself from involvement in the Trump organization. Trump properties generally offer rates at cost (no profit) for government stays. As a result the Trump organization is actually losing money on government related stays as full price stays are being displaced by discounted government stays. And does anyone really believe a few hundred or even thousands of dollars in sporadic government or foreign stays at Trump properties amounts to anything remotely significant for a guy worth multiple billions .

Only a liberal would conclude profits are made by a company offering a product at cost.

Finally you accuse Trump continued to wage or initiated "presidential wars". Every war you cite ( Libya, Somalia, Iraq, etc.) was initiated by prior administrations and Trump, if anything, Trump has been trying to extract us from these wars.

I could continue.

Consider yourself exposed.

workhardgetahead

Amerigirl, you party is going down the commode. We are energized and you are demoralized. 4 more years of hearing you say how bad Trump is. Cant wait!!

workhardgetahead

WELL STATED PUAL!!

Chris McHale

If more witnesses were required why did the Democrats send the Impeachment to the Senate.? If more witnesses were required why did every Democrat Senator vote to convict? I never heard a juror say the defendant was guilty but boy if we had more witnesses.

Yes it is a mess but that applies to BOTH parties. If you only see with rose colored glasses you are part of the problem.

pual mase

I couldn't disagree more with your contention that the Trump made impeachment partisan.

The Dem controlled House conducted an impeachment process that shut out Republicans, denied the president due process and passed impeachment on a completely partisan vote.

In fact, the votes AGAINST impeachment in the House were the only bi-partisan thing about it.

In fact, there were that some Dems voted with republicans against impeachment . In fact, one Dem actually switched parties.

You offer no evidence of threats and coercion by Republican leaders.

The Senate voted appropriately to acquit because the the DEM's case was pathetically week and full of lies.

The president voiced concerns about Ukraine corruption. Ukraine is considered one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

The President has an obligation to ensure funds awarded as aid not fall into corrupt hands.

Even the Obama administration voiced concern about the Biden connections in the Ukraine.

Nonetheless, Ukraine received their aid within the timeframe allowed by law.

The president of Ukraine said he felt no pressure, as did other high Ukrainian officials.

There was no victim to a an alleged "crime" that never occurred.

The facts do not come close to bribery, treason or misdemeanors.

You have it backwards.............dumbing down impeachment for what amounts to intense dislike of the president "echo the politics of despotic regimes (read Democrat party) and Banana Republics".

Spouting democrat talking points doesn't change the facts.

amerigirl

Trump budget even accounting for growth, where do you believe that growth is coming from? The changes to the Medicare Part D drug program would have a more direct impact on beneficiaries. Since it is seniors that use the most drugs, this would be quite a hardship for them. The budget proposes to reduce the number of drugs required to be covered on plan formularies. This could restrict the ability of beneficiaries to access the medicines they need.

Trump has NOT removed himself. The Trump Organization is a group of about 500 business entities of which Donald Trump is the sole or principal owner.[4] About 250 of these entities use the Trump name, which he still profits from. He says that he handed off its leadership to his children in 2017, but still involves himself the running of these companies. They do NOT offer the going rate or a discount for government stays, and this has been proven by watchdog groups that have used and posted the information provided by the Freedom of Information Act. In a letter to Secret Service Director James Murray, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) asked for records of payments to Trump properties and any contracts between the Secret Service and the Trump Organization. “The payment of rates far above government rates and the Trump Administration’s lack of transparency raise serious concerns about the use of taxpayer dollars and raise questions about government spending at other Trump properties,” Maloney and Speier wrote in the letter. “These concerns are heightened since President Trump has spent a third of his presidency at his private clubs and hotels, and his Treasury Secretary has attempted to shield Secret Service expenses from public scrutiny.” He uses those state visits abroad to pimp his money-losing golf clubs.

The only reason he has lost money is because of himself. He started losing money the day he was elected because people who had used his locations would no longer use them because of the platform he ran on. tenants in New York’s Trump Tower were selling their condos at a loss just to escape the taint by association, and report shows the president‘s Chicago hotel is suffering a similar fate.

He may be worth billions, probably not close to as many as you think, but he nickel and dimes people to death. He constantly has work done for him then refuses to pay contractors. He ties them up in court until they can’t afford to go against him anymore. He has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades — and a large number of those involve ordinary Americans, who say Trump or his companies have refused to pay them. have also been cited for 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act since 2005 for failing to pay overtime or minimum wage, according to U.S. Department of Labor data. There have been more than 200 mechanic’s liens filed by contractors and employees against Trump, his companies or his properties claiming they were owed money for their work since the 1980s. He always claims to be unhappy for the work, the very work he praised them for doing. Sterling-based A&D Construction of Virginia LLC filed a lien for $80,000 and Joseph J. Magnolia, Inc., filed a mechanic's lien claiming Trump owed it $2.98 million for work at the hotel in DC, those are just 2 of the locally owned businesses in our area that fell for his scam. Luckily Joseph J. Magnolia, Inc won.

Yes trump has tried to initiate wars, what do you call the assignation of Suleimani? If you think he is trying to bring the troops home why did he just send additional troops to the Middle East? But that was Iran, let’s ask why he sent additional troops to protect oil fields in Syria and tell them “take the oil”?

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