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IN COLUMN, JUDGE CALLS FOR IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT

As the president of the United States of America seeks to stabilize the rocky start his administration has enjoyed so far and lashes out at critics and leakers and the press, the pressure that consumed his National Security Adviser shows no signs of abating, instead, it seems to be mounting with pressure for congressional oversight and investigation also mounting. It has led to a small concession from the Republican controlled house and senate, reluctant to investigate a new republican administration, to use the secretive intelligence committee to carry out limited investigations, knowing that its deliberations will be held behind close doors. This morning, Americans woke up to the fact that the Intelligence community was withholding information from its own commander in chief for fear that its agents and methods of collecting the information would be put in peril because they do not trust their own president. 

Obviously, this has led to the president lashing out and members of his administration making tough statements to the press, leading to a Republican judge now calling for the impeachment of the president:

In any time except our post-factual era, no office holder, much less the president, could get away with any one of the dozens of dazzlingly illegal things Trump has already done. They would forfeit office immediately.

The leader of the band of Mad Hatters occupying the White House has already insulted allied world leaders, issued illegal and badly written orders, impugned a “so-called” judge appointed by his own party, and appointed the least-qualified cabinet ever. The first secretary of state was Thomas Jefferson. Trump appointed a big-oil executive with close ties to Russia. The first treasury secretary was Alexander Hamilton. Trump appointed a former Goldman Sachs exec who got rich foreclosing on homeowners. The national security advisor lasted 24 days.

And all that’s just at the time I write this. Who knows what happens next. Each new day is a new nightmare. We are still trying to digest one breathtaking assault on America when another is signed, issued, or Tweeted. All this amid constant lies. Constant. Lies.

I am a lifelong Republican. I voted for every Republican presidential candidate from 1968 to 2004. But I have watched what once was a sane, center-right party go off the rails, first to the extreme right, then to wherever Trump is, which is in another universe.

It’s tough, but we must end this dangerous presidency. Trump must be impeached and removed with all haste. But only Congress can initiate the process.

The Judge, Mark Painter, indicated to the Republican member of the House representing his district that he will draw up the impeachment papers himself for the representative to file for as he wrote:

Basic American values – free speech, the rule of law, separation of powers, even common decency – are unknown in this White House. We now have a president who has no concept of separation of powers, or why we have three branches of government. If he knew anything about the Constitution, he would know the framers envisioned just the situation we have now – a would-be dictator. They provided checks and balances – such as an independent judiciary to protect us from presidential tyranny.

Enabling a bully is always a mistake. As soon as the Tweet on Nordstrom’s came out, I said that the Republicans would defend the indefensible, and their talking point would be “a father supporting his daughter.” It wasn’t an hour later that Rep Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told CNN it “didn’t bother him.” But even Chaffetz had to choke when Kellyanne Conway urged people to buy Ivanka Trump’s shoes.

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