Trump Begs to Be Impeached

Have you noticed that the mainstream press keeps running pieces, the not-so-subtle slant of which is that it would be a terrible idea for Democrats in the House to pursue impeachment?

According to Trip Gabriel writing in The New York Times, “A chasm has opened in recent days between Democratic voters, who want to see Mr. Trump impeached or held to some political accounting, and Democratic candidates and strategists nationally, who view the ‘I word’ as a red cape that will inflame the Republican base and possibly hurt their chances of taking control of the House.”

Reporter Gabriel’s sentiments are clearly with these gun-shy “Democratic candidates and strategists.” But hold on. Trump keeps committing actions—in broad daylight—that are plainly impeachable.

His recent jibe at Attorney General Jeff Sessions was a request that Sessions politicize criminal prosecutions so as not to embarrass Republican politicians. In case you spent your vacation on Jupiter and missed this eye-popping news, Trump tweeted:

Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department. Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff……

This brought rebukes from across the spectrum. Nobody put it better than Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska:

“The United States is not some banana republic with a two-tiered system of justice—one for the majority party and one for the minority party,” Sasse said. “These two men have been charged with crimes because of evidence, not because of who the president was when the investigations began.”

Plainly, the idea that Democrats should desist from pursuing an impeachment has been overtaken by events. The person waving the red cape is Trump.

If calling on the Justice Department to turn off criminal investigations to favor Republicans is not an impeachable offense, what is? Should we wait until Trump shoots someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue?

By | 2018-09-05T21:38:13+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

About the Author:

Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect as well as a Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow. He was a longtime columnist for Business Week, and continues to write columns in the Boston Globe. He co-founded the Economic Policy Institute in Washington and serves on its executive committee.

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