The facts are clear. Call it quid-pro-quo, call it bribery, call it extortion, call it whatever you will, the facts for once are not in question. The president of the United States requested the leader of a foreign government to open an investigation against a political opponent in exchange for military funding. This is not a debate, nor is it an investigation anymore. The facts are clear and have been for quite some time.
Two more things that are not in question. First, Trump will be impeached. Second, Trump will be acquitted in the Senate. Neither Republicans nor Democrats question either of these things. Which makes the current impeachment proceedings nothing more than a formality.
Still the fact remains, the president of the United States requested the leader of a foreign government to open an investigation against a political opponent in exchange for military funding. It stands as the only recorded time an acting president has implored a foreign government to open an investigation against a political rival.
Yet for some, due to partisan divisions, this does not warrant impeachment. It’s not hard to imagine the outrage by the right if Nancy Pelosi had requested a foreign government, say Germany, to open an investigation on Donald Trump in exchange for concessions if and when a Democrat got elected to the presidency.
As for the argument that this all these impeachment proceedings are nothing more than a personal vendetta against Trump to remove him from office, that Democrats just can’t accept the fact that Trump won the election, I present this question. Is Mike Pence president really any better? Removing Trump doesn’t put a Democrat in office, it makes Mike Pence president. Pence, the man that said LGBTQ marriage equality would lead to a “societal collapse”. The man that tried to strip funding from HIV/AIDS research and prevention funding and redirect it to “institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior”. The man that passed a law in Indiana that allowed businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals. Impeaching Trump makes Mike Pence president.
Pence is no better than Trump. Impeaching Trump doesn’t change the political landscape of the country, but it does show that America won’t put up with a president that thinks he can collaborate with foreign governments to peddle conspiracy theories to try and win back the presidency.
This impeachment proceeding shouldn’t be a partisan issue. The facts are clear and the implications staggering. Our countries elections must remain free from foreign interference, the fate of our republic depends on it.