Two minority Democrat legislators, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Washington), and Rep. Val Demings (Florida) convinced themselves that since they are minorities and of color, they have a duty to impeach the president.
They shared personal moving stories, of growing up in America as minorities. They then claimed that they had to impeach the president to defend the constitution. The problem is that neither legislator cited anything in the constitution that Pres. Trump violated.
Jayapal was 16 years old when her family sent her to the United States.
“My parents made the ultimate sacrifice of placing an ocean between them and their beloved child because they believed that America was worth it,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, of Washington.
Two decades later, she was sworn in as a legislator representing Seattle, Washington.
The larger American story, is “one of generations overcoming every challenge and every obstacle because America is e worth it.”
Jayapal said America is a shining city upon a hill because of three words: we the people.
“America is a bold vision rooted in a fragile idea of a democracy in which power is derived not from the bloodlines of monarchs, but ours is in imagination of faith all of us engaged in this great experiment of democracy. we take our power and collectively entrust it to a president that must always act in our interest.”
Jayapal claimed that the people behind the scenes, including the unnamed whistleblower, who communicated with Rep. Adam Schiff’s staff, are actually patriots, and that any lawful delay of funds for Ukraine ordered by the president, will change the constitution and America will no longer be a democracy.
“We will be a monarchy or a dictatorship,” she said.
“As we cast our votes, we must reflect on our responsibility to our children and our children's children,” she said. “We must summon the courage to do what is right and to defend our democracy.”
Demings told a story of overcoming poverty and disadvantage, as the youngest of seven children. She graduated from college, became police chief for the Orlando, Florida, and eventually a congresswoman representing the same city.
Demings said her parents “were good, decent, honest people who taught me to be decent and respectful. They told me to work hard and play by the rules and treat others the way that i want to be treated.”
“I believe that only in America can a little black girl, the daughter of a maid and a janitor growing up in the South in the 60s, have such an amazing opportunity. so, regardless of the sometimes painful political debate, no one can make me give up on America. you see I believe in the promise of America because I have seen the promise and i come before you tonight as an American dream realized,” she said.
After that, the refrain was similar to that of Jayapal: in order to protect and defend the constitution, she has to impeach the president. She also compared withholding evidence to breaking into someone’s house, “where the president can destroy evidence.”
The irony is that is was Hillary Clinton who destroyed evidence; she destroyed or ordered the destruction of thousands of emails that was under subpoena.
Although both legislators referred to the constitution, the document allows the present to withhold funds from countries for a variety of reasons, reasons which include corruption, whether in the future or in the past. It is also within the power of the president to question how past funds were spent, and whether corrupt influence was used by past administrations, including the actions of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
In other words, the president’s conduct during his conversation with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyj was completely within the bounds of his constitutional duties as president.
Here are the conditions necessary to impeach a president, from Section Four of the Constitution:
Section Four of the Constitution:
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Here is the section on treason, from Section Three:
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
The other irony is that it’s likely that former Pres. Obama committed treason when he told the Russian president Dmitry Medvedev he would have more flexibility (to get rid of nuclear weapons) when he is re-elected, which he was in 2012.
The winter Olympics were held in Sochi Russia in 2014, Feb 7 - 23.
On Feb. 22 and 23, the day of the end of the winter Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin began the effort to invade Crimea.
On Feb. 23, pro-Russian demonstrations were held in the Crimean city of Sevastopol.
On 27 February, masked Russian troops took over the Supreme Council (parliament) of Crimea, and captured strategic sites across Crimea, which led to the installation of the pro-Russian Aksyonov government in Crimea, the conducting of the Crimean status referendum and the declaration of Crimea's independence on March 16.
On March 18, Russia formally incorporated Crimea as part of the Russian Federation.
Pres. Obama knew about Russia’s plans to invade and annex Crimea. Instead of sending anti-tank missiles, as did Pres. Trump, he sent blankets.
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