Do the right thing — im­peach him

The Saline Courier Weekend - - OPINION - GE­ORGE D. EL­LIS

Some­thing is in the White House wa­ter. Maybe it’s Kool-aid. The only per­son in the build­ing it seems to have an in­flu­ence on is Trump.

The rest of the staff seems to get by. The ef­fect of the drink on the oth­ers is rather straight­for­ward.

Coun­selor Kellyanne Con­way and

Chief of Staff Mul­vaney go on the Sun­day morn­ing news shows and they lie, cheat, then lie some more. They leave the news set all smiles. The host knows that they were ly­ing.

They know that the host knows. But af­ter 20 or so of blis­ter­ing min­utes of cross-ex­am­i­na­tion, the guest leaves the set all smiles.

Not so with Trump.

Un­like his staff, he balls up into a seething rage. It is not pretty. His face be­comes gnarled with rage. Anony­mous sources in­side the White House tell us that he yells and screams, most no­tably about the im­peach­ment probe.

And the lat­est on that front?

It looks grim for Pres­i­dent Trump. Last week I wrote about Trump’s at­tempt to get the Ukrainian pres­i­dent, in ex­change for anti-tank weapons, to hunt down dirt on the Bi­dens — fa­ther and son. Now, he’s us­ing the power of the Com­man­der in Chief to lever­age dirt out of China. Aus­tralia has also been ap­proached.

One of the his­to­ri­ans who reg­u­larly ap­pears on TV pointed out that we have never faced some­thing like this in our his­tory. Not even close.

Can any­one imag­ine Dwight Eisen­hower mak­ing strate­gic de­ci­sions in the run-up to D-day that would ben­e­fit his run for the pres­i­dency?

Or Tru­man con­sid­er­ing his elec­tion prospects re­gard­ing the use of nu­clear weapons in Ja­pan? Or Kennedy con­sid­er­ing the pol­i­tics of the Cuban Mis­sile Cri­sis? It would not hap­pen in any pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The fact is, Trump has com­mit­ted a griev­ous of­fense — a high crime or mis­de­meanor. It’s pretty ob­vi­ous by now that he is go­ing to be im­peached. He knows it. He’s rat­tled to the core, un­able to form mean­ing­ful sen­tences.

The big ques­tion is the ex­tent to which Repub­li­cans will join the ef­fort to get this aw­ful man out of of­fice.

There is some talk that the vice pres­i­dent may go down with Trump.

That would make Nancy Pelosi pres­i­dent. They would have to have the goods on Pence. The only “crime” Mike Pence has turned out to have com­mit­ted is stu­pid­ity. Granted, he’s a dope, but he seems to be ami­able.

But stu­pid­ity is not an im­peach­ment is­sue. It’s a ques­tion for the vot­ers.

I read where the Con­gres­sional lead­er­ship is look­ing at the 25th Amend­ment once again. It pro­vides a mech­a­nism for re­mov­ing a pres­i­dent who has lost his way men­tally. It would take a ma­jor­ity of the cabi­net and the vice pres­i­dent’s par­tic­i­pa­tion

The public will not stand for that. It’s a gen­uine coup. If Democrats tried that stunt, we would be out of of­fice for many years. Let’s leave that alone.

Im­peach Mr. Trump and hope the Se­nate will do the right thing and re­move.

Ge­orge D. El­lis is a Ben­ton at­tor­ney. He can be con­tacted at gel­lis­in­ben­[email protected]

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