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Letter: Impeachment is the only way forward after the Mueller Report
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Attorney General William Barr speaks alongside Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, right, and acting Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Edward O'Callaghan, left, about the release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report during a news conference, Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the Department of Justice in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Mueller Report levels three established findings.

First, Russia systematically interfered in the 2016 presidential election in a series of cyber attacks against the Democratic Party and Clinton campaign, created fake social media accounts to spread false information against Hillary Clinton and favored Donald Trump, and staged fake rallies and events in battleground states. The intent of these actions was to help Donald Trump become president.

Second, the report could not conclusively prove with the information it gathered that the Trump campaign criminally conspired with the Russian government in this effort, but the Trump campaign was aware of Russia's activities at some level and welcomed the help.

Third, upon the establishment of an investigation to look into the two findings, President Trump actively sought to undermine the investigation but was not successful due to the push back from those working under him.

The findings fall into three boxes — an attack on our republic, a moral failing and statement of values by the Trump campaign and finally impeachable offenses by the president.

Like the Electoral College, our founders set up a system where presidents are not determined by a popular vote and their removal from office does not require an election. If after follow up hearings from the Mueller Report for the House of Representatives to not initiate the impeachment process on the president would be an even greater moral and political failing than anything Donald Trump did to get us here.

The pushback against impeachment is a mix of flimsy reasoning, good old-fashioned poker bluffing and typical Washington laziness: a robust economy, GOP control of the Senate, the 2020 election and fallout for Democrats if impeachment fails. None of this was on the minds of the men who wrote impeachment into Article One of the Constitution 230 years ago, and none of this should be on those in the Congress now.

While this power is seldom used (thanks to the overall fitness of past presidents and high officials) it is a power nonetheless given to the legislative branch on equal footing with confirming judges and having the power of the purse.

Russia attacked our republic and according to the president's lawyer this is fair game for 2020. The president brazenly attempted to undermine an investigation, and this type of lawlessness has not been limited to just what was reported in the Mueller Report but has been on broad display by him in other areas of the executive branch.

I can think of no greater crisis to our system of government and republic than what is before us now. It goes beyond the pages of Mueller and more to the heart of just what kind of government we want: checks and balances or where all power is controlled by one person, given to them by a self-neutering Congress and rubberstamped judiciary.

Impeachment won't be easy but it is the remedy our founders gave us.

Christopher Morgan

Gainesville

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