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George Conway and Neal K. Katyal: Trump has done plenty to warrant impeachment.

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'Among the most delicate choices the framers made in drafting the Constitution was how to deal with a president who puts himself above the law:  Simply put, the framers viewed the president as a fiduciary , the government of the United States as a sacred trust and the people of the United States as the beneficiaries of that trust. Through the Constitution, the framers imposed upon the president the duty and obligation to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed” and made him swear an oath that he would fulfill that duty of faithful execution. They believed that a president would break his oath if he engaged in self-dealing — if he used his powers to put his own interests above the nation’s. That would be the paradigmatic case for impeachment.That’s exactly what appears to be at issue today.'

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This is the take-away for me! "It is high time for Congress to do its duty, in the manner the framers intended. Given how Trump seems ever bent on putting himself above the law, something like what might have happened between him and Ukraine abusing presidential authority for personal benefit was almost inevitable. Yet if that is what occurred, part of the responsibility lies with Congress, which has failed to act on the blatant obstruction that Mueller detailed months ago.

"Congressional procrastination has probably emboldened Trump, and it risks emboldening future presidents who might turn out to be of his sorry ilk. To borrow John Dean's haunting Watergate-era metaphor once again, there is a cancer on the presidency, and cancers, if not removed, only grow. Congress bears the duty to use the tools provided by the Constitution to remove that cancer now, before it's too late. As Elbridge Gerry put it at the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, "A good magistrate will not fear [impeachments]. A bad one ought to be kept in fear of them." By now, Congress should know which one Trump is."

Submitted on Thursday, Sep 26, 2019 at 2:25:11 AM

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