In an op-ed for the Washington Post, George Conway calls for Trump’s impeachment. Conway, a prominent conservative attorney, is married to Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway.
Conway addresses the Mueller report, pointing out that Trump was not at all exonerated and special counsel Robert Mueller could not say with “confidence” that the president was not a criminal. Mueller said that “if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.” Mueller did not state this.
Conway writes that Trump is not upholding constitutional values, as “The Constitution commands the president to ‘take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.’” More, the Constitution requires that Trump “faithfully execute the Office of President” and promise to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”
Conway reminds that the president “assumes the duty not simply to obey the laws, civil and criminal, that all citizens must obey, but also be subject to higher duties- [...] the ‘fiduciary obligations of the president.’” He explains, “Fiduciaries are people who hold legal obligations of trust, like a trustee of a trust. A trustee must act in the beneficiary’s best interests and not his own. If the trustee fails to do that, the trustee can be removed, even if what the trustee has done is not a crime.”
The constitution says a president can be impeached and removed from office for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Not every statutory crime is impeachable and not every impeachable offense is criminal.
Conway asserts that a president’s attempts to put his personal interests before that of the country’s, thereby abusing his power, can be an impeachable offense.
According to Conway, “By these standards, the facts in Mueller’s report condemn Trump even more than the report’s refusal to clear him of a crime.” Because Trump is the highest law enforcement officer in the nation, the findings in Mueller’s investigation of “multiple acts by the President that were capable of executing undue influence over law enforcement investigations” are particularly disturbing.
Trump attempted to “limit the scope of the investigation.” He did so by discouraging witness cooperation with “suggestions of possible future pardons.” He also engaged in “direct and indirect contacts with witnesses with the potential to influence their testimony.” Conway reasons that “the likely effect” of those actions was “to intimidate witnesses or to alter their testimony,” thereby threatening the integrity of the justice system. In this way, Mueller’s report details “a relentless torrent of such obstructive activity by Trump.”
Mueller also wrote that Trump’s attempts to obstruct justice were largely unsuccessful because his aides refused to carry out his orders.
Conway finishes, “What the Mueller report disturbingly shows, with crystal clarity, is that today there is a cancer in the presidency: President Donald J. Trump. Congress now bears the solemn constitutional duty to excise that cancer without delay.”
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