Congress Must Impeach and Remove President Donald Trump: An Op-Ed

Patrick Kissel, Reporter

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Following the release of the redacted report by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election which clearly revealed potential times where President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice, numerous democrats have rightly called for immediate impeachment proceedings.

Trump has clearly committed obstruction of justice as revealed in the report. After the commencement of the investigation, Trump fired FBI director James Comey, who was leading an FBI investigation into Russian interference at the time. Trump also demanded of former attorney general Jeff Sessions to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, which was an order that Sessions did not follow.

The report further reveals complete dysfunction within the administration. While numerous accounts of aides, cabinet officials and secretaries ignoring orders from the president due to illegality or ridiculousness, the report helps to further paint the picture of complete dysfunction. Other leaks from the administration revealed numerous cases of government employees ignoring Trump’s orders or being ordered to ignore them. In all, the report paints a clear picture of obstruction of justice and incompetence, to top off two years of reports and leaks revealing an administration mired in scandal and incompetence.

It is the duty of congress to impeach Trump, not only for committing high crimes and misdemeanors to to protect and safeguard the country. The risks of a president and administration unbalanced and uncentered is too great, especially with America’s position as the dominant world superpower. The safety of not only the country, but the rest of the world lies on the shoulders of the president, and therefore the president must be a person of sound mind.

Despite these findings, congress sits and does not act. Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi refuses to move on impeachment, and therefore is jeopardizing the continued security of the nation. Congress is meant to safeguard and protect the country, and check the executive branch, so if the leader of the legislative is not moving on impeachment even now, than they are themselves also jeopardize national security.

The house must move on impeachment immediately, and act on the findings of the Mueller report.