The Trump Administration, with its uncommon stable genius calling the shots, has decided to give the big stiff middle finger to the Congress. Announcing that it will not cooperate with, willingly hand over documents, make administration officials available to give testimony (including the president) it will proceed to do battle with the Congress.
WASHINGTON — The White House declared war on the House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, announcing that it would not cooperate with what it called an illegitimate and partisan effort “to overturn the results of the 2016 election” of Donald J. Trump.
In a letter to House Democratic leaders, the White House said the inquiry violated precedent and President Trump’s due process rights in such an egregious way that neither he nor the executive branch would willingly provide testimony or documents, a daring move that sets the stage for a constitutional clash.
“Your unprecedented actions have left the president with no choice,” said the eight-page letter signed by Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel. “In order to fulfill his duties to the American people, the Constitution, the Executive Branch, and all future occupants of the Office of the presidency, President Trump and his administration cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances.”
Yes, Trump was elected by the Electoral College with a minority of the popular vote. Therefore, by the letter of the Constitution he became our “duly” elected president.
Trump, by his actions and statements has given reason for the Congress to begin an impeachment inquiry. An inquiry is not impeachment. It is an investigative function aimed at determining whether a president ought to face impeachment by the House followed by a hearing by the Senate who makes the decision to remove the president or allow him (or her) to remain in office.
It IS the RESPONSIBILITY of the Congress to consider impeachment and if warranted, to impeach the president. It says so right in the Constitution. The same Constitution drafted by our founders. That same group of patriots that the GOP and conservatives claim a high level of allegiance and loyalty to. At least when it serves their party and its purposes.
There has been no violation of Trump’s due process rights. However, by refusing out of hand to cooperate and give Congress access to key people and documents relative to their impeachment inquiry it only serves to make Trump appear to be guilty.
If Trump is innocent of any and all wrongdoing then the testimony of his aides as well as all documentation would point to his innocence. In which case impeachment would immediately become a mute point relegated to the annals of our democratic republic and her history.
If Trump is innocent, if Trump did the right thing and chose to fully cooperate, if the reams of documents and witness testimony clearly showed Trump has done nothing improper or wrong and Congress impeached Trump in spite of his innocence the people, both republican and democrat, would raise holy hell.
Which is why it is so strange that Trump has chosen this path. Unless. Unless he is guilty as sin and knows what his aides would say and the documents would show. Puzzling, befuddling, and irrational if you ask me.
Except… he is not innocent of allegations and he knows it.
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