In the public interest, I hereby offer a primer as to why the impeachment investigation of President Trump is a national imperative. Let us begin by defining some terms.
First, abuse of power. This occurs when a powerful person uses their power outside the law and/or for personal gain. In this instance, ordering investigations of political rivals, current or past, to assuage one’s own ego or assist one’s re-election campaign. Obstruction of justice occurs when someone attempts to hide or cover-up real or perceived wrongdoing, like placing the transcript of a non-classified phone call on a secure server or offering pardons to potential witnesses, or simply ordering those involved to ignore subpoenas
Extortion is a felony. Attempting to blackmail a foreign ally into doing something not in their national interest, like falsely accusing a political opponent of wrongdoing by launching a discredited investigation. It is a further abuse of power to threaten withholding taxpayer funds until they do you a “favor”.
Why is looking into all these allegations a national imperative? Because these actions threaten the national security of the United States, not to mention to be of questionable morality. The congress is charged with oversight of the executive branch of government by the U.S.Constitution, hence the need for the inquiry. Our national security is threatened when our world standing falls into that of a third world banana republic. Only two things keep us as a nation secure. Our strong reputation as a fair and rational nation and our economy. Trump threatens both. Even Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon knew this.
M. Maureen Skahan