At 84, I feel like the boy who yelled, "But the Emperor has no clothes." Here is the smoking gun:
President Trump committed perjury while he took his oath of office.
If both wise Republicans and wise Democrats acquire the courage to recognize this fact, they will avoid the acute danger of letting President Trump believe he can do anything - and remain above the law.
Perjury is a statutory crime. This is a crime on which neither Republicans nor Democrats have focused their attention. Donald J. Trump committed perjury, he lied, when he solemnly swore to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
He had already exposed us to grave dangers: During the campaign, candidate Donald J. Trump, a non-politician, asked a dangerous foe to interfere in our elections. He asked Russia to help him defeat Hillary Clinton - a woman, no less...
Once elected, he has persisted on calling on Russia, Ukraine, even China, for help to win the next 2020 election. Ukraine refused and was penalized by withholding military assistance for months.
The central issue is that - aided and abetted by willing or unwilling assistants - President Trump persists in believing that it is OK to expose to grave dangers our national security and the sacredness of our electoral system .
On July 27, 2016, Trump called on Russia to conduct a cyberattack on the American electoral system. In a videotaped plea that everyone remembers, he cried out: "Russia, if you're listening - could you find the missing 30,000 emails?"
Cyberwars are wars. Only more subtle than conventional wars. It is as if Churchill had asked Hitler to bomb London.
Five hours later, Russia delivered a first payload of email extracted (hacked) from Hillary Clinton's personal server. Parallels with the Watergate break-in are uncanny.
The difference is that Nixon did not personally order to break-in into the Watergate offices.