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Sunday, December 08, 2019 ISSUE # 995

Finally… Impeachment!
           It’s been three years in the making and several in Congress got their wish last week. Impeachment of President Trump.  In three years they have collected a bunch of Trump’s crimes. By Christmas they will decide which ones to charge him with: Ukraine, Russia, Syria, abusing power, withholding military aid promised by Obama, quid pro quo, bribery, high crimes, misdemeanors, treason, and, finally, obstructing Congress from firing him on the spot.

          The Judicial Committee brought in four Constitutional Law Professors to explain exactly what’s in the Constitution about impeachment. I’ll admit to being a bit ignorant of the process; I thought they were to teach Congress what the Founding Fathers meant by “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Based on what I saw, Congress would have been better served by inviting a couple of high school English teachers.

One of the professors began by saying that Trump is guilty. The lawyer from Stanford did not wear her pink kitty hat from January 2017, but she had it in her purse. After a full day of explaining, arguing and accusing, I couldn’t tell if anyone changed their mind.   

I think Congress might resort to finding a dedicated Democrat volunteer to go up on Fifth Avenue and be shot by Trump. Whether that would get 67 Senators to vote him out of office I’ve got my doubts. Maybe if the target is from one of their states it would upset ‘em.  

          After her sorrowful, almost tearful announcement of Impeachment, Speaker Pelosi was asked by a reporter, “Do you hate President Trump?” She had a forceful denial that got her mixed reactions. I think she should have said simply, “I agree with Will Rogers. I never met a man I didn’t like.”

          Now, I’m not taking sides or guessing the outcome. I would just remind ‘em there are a few important matters to attend to: trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, the Budget, illegal immigration, China tariffs. And Democrats need to get serious about selecting a Presidential candidate for 2020.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“… there is a likely chance of (Hoover) being impeached for treason, indicted for bigamy and subpoenaed for crossing a boulevard (jaywalking).” DT #1160, Apr. 14, 1930

“The minute you read something and you can't understand it you can almost be sure that it was drawn up by a lawyer… If it's in a few words and is plain and understandable only one way, it was written by a non-lawyer.” WA#657, July 28, 1935

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