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Let's Hope Only Two Articles of Impeachment are Sufficient

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Well, it happened.

On Tuesday, representative members of the 116 Congress formally announced articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump.

This is an historic moment.

Only three prior presidents have been subjected to this constitutional atomic bomb: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Richard Nixon in 1974, and Bill Clinton in 1998 (almost 21 years to the day).

We will remember this.

Historians will write and lecture about it for generations.

Yet, as monumental as this is, it's important to note, of all the high crimes and misdemeanors Donald Trump is committing each day he remains in office, and the perfidy he is guilty of that makes Richard Nixon look like a petty thief, there are only two articles of impeachment filed against Trump.

Two.

That's it.

They are abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Not included: obstruction of justice pertaining to attempting to thwart the Mueller investigation; abuse of the president's pardon power; civil-rights abuses; inappropriate diversion of public funds; behavior unbecoming of a president; lying to the public; and daily emoluments-clause violations.

In light of the fact that never in our history have we had a president so arrogant and corrupt, whose myriad crimes are so flagrant, some are wondering why there are only two impeachment counts.

If Trump is so bad, surely his behavior warrants more.

Public advocate and 2000 Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader posits in a Common Dreams op-ed titled "Why Not Also Go With 'The Kitchen Table' Impeachable Offenses for Removal?"

"Will the Democrats move to impeach Trump for a narrow brace of violations and accept that the Senate Republicans will keep this outlaw in the White House? Or will they present the Senate with the President's many proven impeachable offenses, thereby requiring the Senate Republicans, before live national television, in a public trial to defend Trump's indefensible behavior?"

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