Los Angeles Times

Are we tired of impeachmen­t?


Re “Trump is no Nixon. He’s worse,” Opinion, April 23

Law professor Andrew Coan makes a strong case for impeaching President Trump, but his analysis completely omits the impeachmen­t of Bill Clinton.

In its first 185 years, the U.S. saw one presidenti­al impeachmen­t. If we include Trump, in the last 45 years there have been three serious impeachmen­t efforts.

Could there actually be “impeachmen­t fatigue,” where many Americans see this as an almost routine political tactic against the opposition party occupying the White House, despite the supporting evidence? Bob Shapiro Goleta

Coan takes a whole column to write that Trump fires those he doesn’t like and hires people he does. Golly, that’s a terrible thing to do.

No other president has done that as far as I know. For sure, no Democratic president ever did that.

So yes, impeach Trump. It should not be difficult with a Republican Senate. Bill Simpson Rancho Palos Verdes

Coan’s op-ed piece makes a good point, but it misses the most frightenin­g aspect of the Trump presidency: the fact that the public voted him into office even though it knew that Trump consistent­ly placed himself above the law.

Prior to the election, it was known that Trump or his companies had destroyed or hid documents in violation of court orders to turn them over to opposing parties in litigation, routinely failed to pay contractua­l obligation­s, establishe­d a “university” that did not provide the promised instructio­n, and bragged about assaulting women.

Voters nonetheles­s decided that it was OK to put into the highest office in our country a man who made it very clear that he believes he is the law. Whether or not Trump is impeached, the fact that those voters chose to ignore, or even reward, such conduct does not bode well for the future of this country. Stephanie Scher Los Angeles

Coan’s op-ed article, along with so many other opinions on possible impeachmen­t, culminates with the statement that even if the House votes to impeach, the Senate will never achieve the twothirds vote needed to remove Trump from office.

This assumes that there are not a number of Republican senators who would prefer a much more conservati­ve and much more stable Mike Pence as president. I think this likely scenario deserves a lot of considerat­ion among Democrats unsure of whether to pursue impeachmen­t. Jordan Austin Port Hueneme

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