Trump Has Committed 8 Potentially Impeachable Offenses In The Last 6 Months
President Donald Trump has committed eight potentially impeachable offenses in the last six months, despite Senator Susan Collins’ (R-ME) claim that the president had learned his lesson, Nancy LeTourneau wrote in Washington Monthly.
- The Washington Post’s Fred Hiatt has reported seven offenses that were deemed worthy of an impeachment investigation, LeTourneau noted:
Article 1: Negligence, leading to the deaths of thousands of Americans, in the handling of the novel coronavirus.
Article 2: Abuse of law enforcement powers, including both the use of force against peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square and in Portland, Oregon.
Article 3: Abuse of appointment power in seeking retribution against those who testified against him during the impeachment hearings.
Article 4: Abuse of power in foreign affairs. This includes both his willingness to ignore China’s treatment of the Uighurs in exchange for help with farmers during trade negotiations as well as the fact that he has totally ignored Russia placing bounties on the lives of American soldiers in Afghanistan.
Article 5: Abuse of power for personal enrichment in asking the ambassador to Britain to steer the British Open golf tournament to a Trump-owned resort in Scotland.
Article 6: Abuse of reprieve and pardon power in commuting the sentence of Roger Stone.
Article 7: Undermining faith in the electoral process by lying about fraud associated with mail-in ballots and a refusal to commit to abiding by the results of the election.
- LeTourneau suggested adding another offense, noting that Trump has also failed to comply with Supreme Court rulings for rejecting the DACA program. According to Aljazeera, “Trump on Monday filed a new challenge to the Manhattan District Attorney’s subpoena for his tax returns, weeks after the United States Supreme Court said the president was not immune from state criminal probes.”
- All of these offenses have indicated that Trump is “putting personal, political gain above the interests and values of the nation,” Hiatt said. Instead of learning his lesson, he got worse. “You can’t trust this president to do the right thing. … He will not change and you know it… He has betrayed our national security. He has compromised our elections. And he will do so again. You will not change him. You cannot constrain him,” Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) previously noted.
None of this is to suggest that the House should start another round of impeachment hearings. With the election less than 100 days away and a pandemic ravaging the country, that would not be advisable. But history needs to be clear about this president’s crimes and misdemeanors, while Senate Republicans need to be held accountable for their complicity in allowing this to happen.