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The House should go it alone

- Politics · Nancy Pelosi · California · Steny H. Hoyer · Maryland · Silver Springs, MD

Re­gard­ing Lau­rence H. Tribe’s June 6 op-ed, “For­get the Se­nate, it’s time to im­peach”:

What a novel idea: We can hold this pres­i­dent ac­count­able with­out en­gag­ing the Se­nate. Mr. Tribe said the House “can con­duct an im­peach­ment in­quiry that ends with a ver­dict and not just a re­fer­ral to the Se­nate for trial — an in­quiry in which the tar­get is af­forded an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate and mount a full de­fense.” An at­tack on our democ­racy, such as we have wit­nessed over the past 28 months, cries out for the re­sponse pro­vided by the Con­sti­tu­tion. This pres­i­dent has vi­o­lated his oath of of­fice, as he has nei­ther pro­tected nor de­fended the Con­sti­tu­tion.

Mr. Tribe’s pre­scrip­tion would al­low the House to dis­charge its re­spon­si­bil­ity with­out the threat of an ex­on­er­a­tion in the Se­nate. I hope Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Ma­jor­ity Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) and other House lead­ers will con­sider care­fully this path.

An­gela Miotto, Sil­ver Spring

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