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.”