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

Round Hill

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ChickenChucker

Pure BS. the radicalization of Loudoun County by our Socialist Democrats and erstwhile leftist democrats. Even our illegal aliens aren't so bent. Bring back O'sama bin Ladin, at least he was an honest crook or was that his wife ,or one of them. It is so hard to keep track of an honest democrat these days.


Count Quackula

The author is so obsessed with Trump she can’t go more than a few hours without an anti Trump FB post.


amerigirl

Are you stalking her on facebook? Putin is now on the ground in Saudi, all that area is siding with him now. Trump is such a traitor.


workhardgetahead

You're wrong Amergirl, Putin is in Syria not Saudi, but he has been since Obama let him in. I guess Obama is a traitor too then


amerigirl

work, Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Saudi Arabia on Monday, meeting with the oil-rich nation’s king and crown prince as he seeks to cement Moscow’s political and energy ties across the Mideast. It was all over the news and newspapers. The Russian army is patrolling in Syria. Obama never left our allies stranded so that a hostile enemy could go into the area we were in. Your comment makes no sense. Explain it please.


amerigirl

Also workhard, maybe you should get your facts straight before saying that someone else is wrong.


amerigirl

There are so many reasons for impeachment, funny how many of them come back to Russia and tyrants. On 9/16/19 Vladimir Putin, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani met at the Trilateral summit on Syria held in Ankara. Putin, Erdogan, and Rouhani formed a 14-point statement to guarantee Syria’s territorial integrity and national sovereignty. They did not invite the Kurds. If you would like to read the statement it is at en.kremlin.ru/supplement/5439. This info may not be available to the public yet but it is not classified.



Looks like the only thing in their way was the US. Trump withdrew the troops after speaking with Erdogan on the phone. Either he was played or he is in it with them. The Turks are savages, after killing they posted a pic of a dead child with it’s legs blown off. Trump has come up with quite a few reasons for pulling out of Syria already, the latest being he has defeated ISIS. Already 5 have broken free after Turkish shelling with many more to follow.


ChickenChucker

Amgirl, most of the American public do not use Russian websites (.ru) to verify their facts. Maybe you are the one supporting the Russians and not Trump, you would be against him no matter which side he come down on, though I do agree with you on his hair color but i am not jealous like you, heck I don't have any hair, no need for any inferiority complexes. Everyone should be proud of what God gave them.







One cannot debate you, you call everyone a liar when you are so less than truthful yourself. You are the only one right, every one else is wrong. Very few agree with you on any issue. You are entitled to your opinion. but so is everyone else. Settle down, read a good book, I use audio books because I don't see well enough to read, take a week and just relax. Tell your husband to watch the kids while you go to a spa. The next election is not that far off and all theses nasty politics are not worth ruining your health.









amerigirl

work, Hypocrisy? You sound like trump, next you will say they didn’t help us in WW2, like they are a country not a religious group. Long war???? We have stood with our (or used to be our) allies the K, Jordan, Turkey, Canada,



Australia etc. against the Islamic State of Iraq and ISIS since 2014. The U.S. missile strike on Shayrat Airbase on 7 April 2017 was the first time the U.S. became a deliberate, combatant against Syria. Do you think we should not have gone after ISIS? Now that many were captures, we pull out which will ultimately se those ISIS prisoners free. I bet you won’t feel this way when they attack our country again. He has betrayed our allies and that has bipartisan agreement. Of course, Putin told him it was a bad idea and that he didn’t want him there in the first place. Yep, he’s Putins Puppet. Also, the men also helped Rudy Giuliani's efforts to investigate Joe Biden was funded in part by an unnamed Russian donor, the NRA has admitted to ABC News that it took money from Alexander Torshin, the Russian official. The Russian government interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and is expected to do the same in 2020. Don Jr. met with Russians. Trump has secret meetings with Putin. He gave out classified info to Russians at a white house meeting with the Russian ambassador. WHO IS RUNNING THIS COUNTRY? If Russia ever comes after us do you think our Allies that we have turned our back on will be willing to help us?


jke

8 trillion spent in the middle east since the early nineties that in of itself would reduce our debt to 14 trillion. Bring our people home.


amerigirl

or we could just get trump to stop raising the debt.


amerigirl

Roundhill, you’re such a dreamer, trump is so self-impeaching he really doesn’t even need help from the House. Why would you feel so desperate that you have to use snide remarks like hurting feels and echo chambers? Funny coming someone that echo’s the right’s talking points regularly. Trump has done so many impeachable offensives that the house is trying to narrow it down to just a few of them. I guess you feel he was right for him to pull troops from Syria and abandon our allies leaving them and their families to be killed and over 1,100 ISIS terrorist to go free.


amerigirl

Workhard, too bad you don’t have facebook. Your hero had Zuckerberg at the white house Monday to have him change the policy on ads so he could run false and misleading ads for his campaign. After that meeting, Facebook quietly changed its policies on “misinformation” in ads, allowing politicians to run ads that have already been debunked by independent, non-partisan fact-checkers. Put another way, Facebook is now okay with running political ads with known lies. Your hero is spending a crap load of money on them.







You watched a video that was taken from bits and pieces on youtube. I sent you the entire video, which I doubt you will look at because you only want to believe the you want to believe. The loan was conditional on getting rid of the man responsible for the corruption and was backed by our allies. You didn’t read the released transcript in which trump repeatedly suggests that 2020 Democrat Joe Biden should be investigated by Ukraine? Like I said you only believe what you want to believe.


Rocket

The comments to these types of news articles and opinions are always amusing to read. Everyone slinging insults at each other and whom ever the story is about. Playing the blame game and your party did this and your party did that comments. I am of the opinion that the government as a whole is corrupt and they have successfully divided the country. While the voters squabble the ones at the top are living the sweet life.


workhardgetahead

The only person to try blackmail a foreign country was Joe Biden, and Barack Milhouse Obama also had knowledge of it. Interesting how the writer invokes Nixon and Reagan. The democrats have been trying to impeach every Republican since Nixon.


amerigirl

Fox talking points, so wrong. If you really check it out you would see that even the timeline is wrong. Cheeto trump and his band of conspiracy theorist made up all that crap and Cadet Bone Spurs started believing it. Even some of his own advisors told him it was all fake news. But the angry creamsicle is so unstable and stupid he will believe anything. I bet you know nothing of what actually happened back then. Are you aware that Shokin, who still sometimes wore his old Soviet-style uniform, was who the western diplomats and the IMF wanted to get rid of was corrupt? Do you even know who Shokin is? As fact check states, Trump's story, some of his allegations have been false. Others have been missing important context. If having your kids dealing with other countries that presidents are involved with is wrong than why are Mr. Tinyhand’s kids doing that same thing. Biden and the western allies did not blackmail Ukraine, they told them they would grant them loans if they got rid of the corruption. Trump has repeatedly claimed Shokin was investigating Hunter Biden and alleged that the media wants to avoid talking about the "Joe Biden demand that the Ukrainian Government fire a prosecutor who was investigating his son..." but there is no public evidence that Hunter Biden was ever himself under investigation. He just keeps making things up to fire up his base and the liar-in-chief knows what he is doing and doesn’t care. Dem’s have tried to impeach every Republican? I bet that is news to Ford. Maybe if they had some honest people in their ranks they wouldn’t have such a problem. This name calling stuff isn’t what it’s cracked up to be, I feel like an idiotic third grader and won’t be doing it again.


workhardgetahead

Nope, not Fox talking points. I saw it with my own eyes. Biden and the democratic party are as corrupt as corrupt gets.


tolerantleft

Charlie Brown's teach is talking again and again. The Wah Wah machine.


workhardgetahead

This entire impeachment inquiry would of been a great Seinfeld episode. An Impeachment about nothing.


RoundHillGuy

A paragraph defense of Hunter Biden. Trump did nothing wrong and will not be impeached. I know it hurts your feels. Just keep repeating your "truth" someone in your echo chamber will listen .


Chris McHale

Zzzzzzzzzzz


DavisB

I have not decided which one is worse in my mind -that trump attempted to get a foreign government to make up dirt on the Bidens or that Trump believed a twitter meme saying again (after being disproven over and over again) the Bidens did something wrong. On one hand, we have a crooked president and on the other, an idiot for a president. Either way, he should not be in office.




workhardgetahead

You're Intellectually dishonest if you think Biden didn't do anything wrong. Money to be withheld if young dont fire a prosecutor that investigating your son's company? Quid pro quo caught on film. Plain as day.


DavisB

Instead of pointing out the facts that so many have investigated the Bidens and found nothing wrong with their interaction with Ukrain, I will instead simply ask you where you are getting your information from and why you have decided that there is something wrong. What do you know that know one else in the world knows? Please do not tell me that you formed your opinion after reading about it on Facebook.


workhardgetahead

I dont even subscribe to Facebook. Because of all of the BS that's on there. I read the transcript of the phone call that Trump made and I watched a Joe Biden video on You Tube. The only conclusion I came up with is Biden had a Quid Pro Quo in the video and I didn't read anything resembling one on the call transcript. Now dont be like Biden and fight truth with facts.


amerigirl

This should have been done a long time ago. Trump was given all these breaks because he was supposedly still learning how to be president. He refuses to learn from his mistakes and uses the office of the president for his own benefit. He has made it clear that if he has to go he is going to take others with him by spreading lies about anyone that says anything against him. Still, how much of a moron do you have to be when you throw your own VP under the bus? Doesn't he realize that if he and Pence are impeached that Pelosi will be president?


RoundHillGuy

Whatever you do don't let the Joe Biden narrative be perpetuated. We'd look really bad for going after Trump for the exact same thing. Explanation as to why Trump is worse in 3...2...1...


workhardgetahead

But he didnt do the same thing, not even near the same thing. Nothing was ever threatened to be withheld. He was simply asking for cooperation with our DOJ.


ChickenChucker

Pelosi as President? You are right, it is as scary as it can get.


amerigirl

Not as scary as our current white house occupant that has turned his back on our allies, the kurds, and will cause over 11,000 ISIS fighters to go free. He says they will just go to Europe, HAH, like they never came here. For someone who claimed (falsely) to have been at 911 he sure has a short memory. The Kurds lost over 1,000 fighters trying to assist us with ISIS and this is how we repay them, entire families are fleeing for their lives


workhardgetahead

Now all of sudden Amerigirl is all about fighting long wars in the middle east because it fits her narrative that orange man is bad for withdrawing.



Hypocrisy is on full display all!!!


workhardgetahead

It is almost Halloween


amerigirl

workhardgetahead, you think trump didn't try to withhold anything???? Did you read the transcript? There are very few who would agree with you. Oh yeah, the talking points that the white house put out, I believe that was one of them. Those people are so stupid they sent it to both sides so the dems know exactly what excuses they are now using.


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