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The Atlantic, March 2019 Issue: Impeach Donald Trump
We have discussed Trump's possible impeachment in several different threads. However, Lawrence O'Donnell made the case for impeachment citing The Atlantic article above. The Atlantic had planned the article for release in their March issue of the magazine but brought it forward in the internet because of the important urgency they attach to it. For that reason I have given it its own thread. O'Donnell said it should be read by every Congressperson.
I'll lift one paragraph from the excellent article relating to just one aspect of the case for impeachment:
"The oath of office is a president’s promise to subordinate his private desires to the public interest, to serve the nation as a whole rather than any faction within it. Trump displays no evidence that he understands these obligations. To the contrary, he has routinely privileged his self-interest above the responsibilities of the presidency. He has failed to disclose or divest himself from his extensive financial interests, instead using the platform of the presidency to promote them. This has encouraged a wide array of actors, domestic and foreign, to seek to influence his decisions by funneling cash to properties such as Mar-a-Lago (the “Winter White House,” as Trump has branded it) and his hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. Courts are now considering whether some of those payments violate the Constitution."
There is much more to contemplate in the article, but I would be violating copyright laws to copy them here. It is a very long article and needs to be read from beginning to end without any distractions. And then let it soak.
In my opinion, the Atlantic has made a convincing argument for impeaching Trump starting the process NOW. If we are to have intelligent discussions of the case to impeach Trump and the impeachment process that must follow, then I would use this article as a reference point and to stimulate thought.