The resignation of Dan Coats and the nomination of Ratcliffe has caused me to reread my e mail about naming Traitor Trump. Hard to believe, but I was too easy on him.
It is not enough
for me to have said that Traitor Trump embraced Russia. He did more
than that. Our approximately 17 intelligence agency unanimously agreed
that Russia interfered in our election. None of us have been privy to
the information gathered by the intelligence agencies. But we are privy
to the findings of the Mueller report. He gave numerous specific
examples of Russian interference. He found that Russia had a widespread
and systematic operation designed to interfere in our elections. He
identified and indicted specific Russian agents. In other words in an
investigation separate and apart from the intelligence agencies
investigations, Mueller had proof positive of Russian interference.
At Helsinki, Trump took the word of Putin who said that
Russia did not interfere. He took the word of Putin over his own
intelligence agencies. Dan Coats almost immediately publicly disagreed
with Traitor Trump. tRUMP did more than "embrace" Russia He actively
supporting Russia over the United States. Russia is a hostile country.
Except for people in the tRUMP cult, anyone would call this treason.
There was ample evidence in the years before tRUMP entered
the race that Wikileaks had a close relationship with Russia. Since
tRump knows nothing, it is entirely possible that he did not know about
that relationship. But it is impossible that his advisers did not know.
So when tRUMP publicly asked wikileaks to disclose stolen e mails and
when he said wikileaks would be richly rewarded, he was speaking to a
Russian controlled organization. Again, tRUMP did not passively sit by
and embrace Russian interference, he proactively encouraged it.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of espionage. The
trial judge called them treasonous. Whom did they sell atomic secrets
to? What a coincidence, Russia. It goes without saying that selling
atomic secrets to Russia is a horrible thing. But so is encouraging
Russia to interfere in one of our most precious freedoms, the right to
vote in a fair and free election. tRUMP and his puppy dog McConnell
will not allow voter protection laws to come up for a vote, even though
they have bipartisan support. They are giving free reign to Russia
interfering in 2020. How can this not be treason?
Traitor Trump has committed numerous high crimes and misdemeanors. I
assume that if there are articles of impeachment, treason will not be
included, but it should be.
As I think about it, so should
bribery. We have heard a lot about the Emolument Clause. Traitor Trump
has no doubt violated that clause. Emoluments are nothing more than
bribery. It is interesting that the drafters of the Constitution put
bribery in the impeachment clause. The president is particularly
vulnerable to bribery. If there are articles of impeachment, bribery
should be included.
Several weeks ago I supported a
restrained approach as advocated by Nancy Pelosi. As you know, I have
the highest regard for Pelosi. As I started writing this piece, I was
leaning more and more toward the House beginning an impeachment hearing.
By the time I finished the draft, Senator Stabenow, another person I
hold in the highest esteem, publicly came out in favor of an impeachment
hearing. As you know, Senator Stabenow is a very reasonable person,
always willing to listen to all sides of an argument. If Senator
Stabenow favors an impeachment hearing, that's good enough for me.
I well know the argument that such a hearing may cost votes
in the 2020 election. On the other hand, maybe it will cost tRUMP
votes. His high crimes and misdemeanors will be on full display On
balance it is time to put principle before politics. A crook and a
traitor should be in the Big House, not the White House.
We cannot be exhausted by this fight. We must win back our
government, if not by impeachment than by winning 2020 elections. So
let's do what we can for the next 16 months to get it done. As always,
thanks for listening.