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Trump won't lose his job -- but the impeachment inquiry is still essential

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The process is required by the constitution, seems to be shifting voters' opinions, and will render the president unpardonable

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Not even overwhelming evidence that Trump sought to bribe a foreign power to dig up dirt on his leading political opponent in 2020 and did so with American taxpayer dollars, while compromising American foreign policy will cause Trump to be removed from office.

That's because there's zero chance that 20 Republican senators -- the number needed to convict Trump, if every Democratic senator votes to do so have enough integrity to do what the constitution requires them to do.

These Republican senators will put their jobs and their political party ahead of the constitution and the country. They will tell themselves that 88% of Republican voters still support Trump, and that their duty is to them.

It does not matter that these voters inhabit a parallel political universe consisting of Trump tweets, Fox News, right-wing radio, and Trump-Russian social media, all propounding the absurd counter-narrative that Democrats, the "deep state," coastal elites, and mainstream media are conspiring to remove the Chosen One from office.

So if there's no chance of getting the 20 Republican votes needed to send Trump packing, is there any reason for this impeachment proceeding to continue?

 

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The Democrats are going to look like fools if they keep up this Impeachment shenanigan. The best thing to save face is Censure tRump, to show he has committed offenses to stain the Office of the Presidency. This will not allow the GOP controlled Senate to acquit him and show unethical behavior have been committed while tRump has been president.

The DNC and party "elders" are way out of touch with their voters, after running a fixed election for Kill...er Hillary and she still lost in 2016! The globalist stooge Obama's need to "run away" back to their gated community and reflect on how their White House operations, along with the Clinton's caused for the rise of King Con Don? Obviously, their PC ways and kowtowing to inbred-royalty was not the "Hope & Change" the country was seeking.

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Bull's Eye! Now their primary candidates are falling flat. Most promising what not only do they know will not happen, their voters know too. This hasIf we could been the most boring Dem season in my 43 years eligible to vote. Never missed one since Carter and never voted for a Dem in any election. Reagan's wave propelled me to many opportunities long after he left office. Never respected Clinton as a man but his term netted the only balanced budget I can remember. That's our next real big problem in the next 10 years, not climate change. If we tried to budget what most are saying the cost to be, we couldn't do it even with a guarantee of success in the next 50 years. I can only think this is a dodge to avoid real problems coming.

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So far, Pelosi has 'refused to impeach' two Republican presidents. Perhaps it's time, long overdue, for her to just step aside and support someone else for House Speaker who could abide more 'forcefully', 'faithfully', to our 'rule of law' and to 'our Constitution' - Pelosi 'hasn't'.

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Why weren't these three reasons good enough to hold impeachment hearings on Bush and Cheney? They too were not going to be removed, but met all three concerns. If they had been impeached and faced a Senate trial, even if they had not been convicted and thrown out of power, it would have deterred both Obama and Trump from violating the Constitution, and we might not be where we are today.


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America's Fondling Fathers are all white slave owners.

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That was Pelosi who vote 'YEA' for the Patriot Act - an #ImpulsiveBill that eviscerated America's Civil Liberties. Minority Democrat House Leader 'then' and Majority Democrat House Speaker 'now' - 'cannot be good' either way.

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