President Donald Trump recently announced he did not like the word “impeachment.” With today’s Republican Party in complete subservience to the “Don,” impeachment by a responsible House of Representatives is a possibility, but conviction by an irresponsible, Republican-controlled Senate is extremely unlikely. Political party power is more important to these senators than their oath of office.
In 1929, gangster Al Capone, subpoenaed by a federal court, failed to show up. He subsequently served prison time for contempt of court. More importantly, resulting investigations revealed IRS tax evasion, causing his incarceration for over seven years until released due to ill health considerations. He died a broken man.
Our current “Don” has refused legal subpoenas for his tax returns and violated New York laws and possibly federal tax laws regarding personal use of Trump Foundation funds. He has lied over 10,000 times to the public and refused to appear before Robert Mueller. He was found to be “not exonerated” on obstruction of justice charges, since Justice Department policy currently does not permit indictment of a sitting president. He forced the resignation of two attorneys general and appointed William Barr, who had told him that a “President cannot obstruct justice.” Barr followed this up by lying to Congress, when he claimed that the Mueller report exonerated Trump. Barr continues to refuse to allow Congress to view the entire Mueller report.
Dozens of his former campaign officials have been indicted and convicted or pled guilty to campaign law violations. He continues to violate laws regarding profiting from his office and possible conflicts of interest with foreign dictators. His son-in-law and White House advisor just received an $800 million federal loan guarantee for a private business investment. Many cabinet members and appointees have resigned in disgrace. He paid off porn stars to hide his affairs and lied about Trump Tower Moscow prior to the 2016 election.
Perhaps a better course than the dreaded word “impeachment” might be for the House of Representatives to investigate Trump’s IRS “criminal activity” with eventual prosecution before an impartial jury when he is no longer president.
MICHEL P. WILCOX