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Pelosi has an obligation to act on impeachment

Pelosi has an obligation to act on impeachment
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi listens to President Donald J. Trump during the State of the Union address on February 5. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press)

Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s comments and position are disappointing to say the least and showcase moral bankruptcy in government (“Nancy Pelosi says she’s ‘not for impeachment’ of Trump: Would be divisive and ‘he’s just not worth it,’” March 11). She has no difficulty in admitting that Donald Trump is unfit to be United States president — ethically, politically and intellectually. Yet, according to her, he should not be impeached.

Unless there is compelling evidence, she suggests, the Senate would not convict him, so there is no point in going through the impeachment process. Such action would make the Democratic Party look bad and would serve as a strong cause for their losing the 2020 election. The question is what does she regard as compelling evidence? Is she looking for a smoking, smoking, smoking gun? Truth be told, however, we do not need a smoking gun. We have ample circumstantial evidence of President Trump’s obstruction of justice and abuse of power — his illegal hush money paid to porn stars and his enactment of policies favorable to Russians, for example. It is not far fetched to say that circumstantial evidence can be more helpful in making a case than reliance on accounts from so-called witnesses who are capable of distorting the truth to suit the case.

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Speaker Pelosi’s stance illustrates a harsh reality for the American people. Keeping her Democratic Party colleagues in power, at whatever cost, is taking precedence over the responsibility of the House of Representatives to make sure the current president abides by the rule of law and does not deliberately try to undermine the Constitution. Her use of the pronoun “I” makes her perspective even more disturbing. What she should be stating is how “we the people” — that is, the people of the United States — are supposed to be protected by anyone, including a president who dares to undermine the Constitution.

Yes, there is no doubt that Republicans in Congress are Trump enablers. They put their party above what is in the best interests of the American people. And now Speaker Pelosi is doing the same thing — and qualifying her for membership into the club of moral bankruptcy in government.

Ralph Jaffe, Baltimore

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