Commentary

Most important editorial of the weekend: It’s time to consider impeachment

The newspaper of record in North Carolina’s largest city said that it’s time to consider impeaching the President of the United State this weekend. In “Is Trump just embarrassing, or now dangerous?” an editorial in the Charlotte Observer took this momentous step. In noting that Trump all but admitted his obstruction of justice in firing FBI Director James Comey, the Observer editorial board put it this way:

“’When I decided to just do it,’ he said of Comey’s firing, ‘I said to myself – I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.’

Is that not obstructing justice on its face?

The question about Trump since November has been whether he was merely embarrassing or actually a danger to the country. Now we learn that a president with at least some ties to Russia asked the FBI director in charge of a possibly incriminating investigation whether he can count on his ‘loyalty’ – then fires him when he doesn’t get it. He then tries to ‘intimidate the witness’ by warning there might be damning tapes of their conversations.

Where to from here? Impeachment should be a last resort, not a first, but it is just a charge; the Senate would hear evidence and decide whether to convict. House members must keep that option in mind going forward. Comey declined to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee; Rosenstein could still address the full Senate.

In this polarized era, it’s a certainty Republicans will not hold Trump accountable unless he becomes a severe political liability for them. Voters should make sure their representatives hear this: We want the full truth, and for you to live up to this historic moment, regardless of the president’s party.”

 

Check Also

Desperate for excuses, NC Senate Republican leaders try new ploy to forestall closing Medicaid gap

You’ve got to hand it to North Carolina ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Fifty-one duplicate invoices. At least $20,000 in excess payments. And one nonprofit receiving a dis [...]

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Thom Tillis made a stunning reversal on Thursday, declaring he would support Pres [...]

Rainwater monitoring conducted by state environmental regulators show one detection of a type of per [...]

North Carolina lawmakers are debating two proposals that would direct state money to fund long overd [...]

The post Profiles in courage…and cowardice appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

It’s Sunshine Week, and things have never been gloomier for the newspaper industry. This year’s annu [...]

Gov. Roy Cooper is an enormously skilled politician with a top-flight staff and many years of experi [...]

The post For a few dollars more… appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]