A group of 17 former Watergate special prosecutors wrote a letter via The Washington Post on Thursday explaining just why Donald Trump needs to be impeached as soon as possible.
The group explained there is “compelling facie evidence that President Trump has committed impeachable offenses.”
While the decision on impeachment belongs to the House of Representatives, the former prosecutors believe the House should move forward, “fairly, openly and promptly.”
“The president’s refusal to cooperate in confirming (or disputing) the facts already on the public record should not delay or frustrate the House’s performance of its constitutional duty,” said the letter.
The group pointed to five specific things that made them reach their conclusion:
1) the public statements by Trump himself;
2) the findings of former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation;
3) the readout that the president released of his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky;
4) the president’s continuing refusal to produce documents or allow testimony by current and former government employees for pending investigations, as well as for oversight matters; and
5) other information now publicly available, including State Department text messages indicating that the release of essential military aid to Ukraine was conditioned on Ukraine’s willingness to commence a criminal investigation designed to further the president’s political interests.
“We prosecuted many of Nixon’s aides for their complicity in Nixon’s offenses,” the prosecutors wrote. “Rather than indicting the president, the grand jury named him an unindicted co-conspirator, delivered to the House a ‘road map’ of the evidence implicating him in wrongdoing and deferred to the House’s constitutional responsibility to address such presidential wrongdoing through the impeachment process.”
“The Constitution provides for the elected representatives of the people to resort to impeachment in extraordinary circumstances showing that this drastic remedy is necessary to restrain, and possibly remove, a president who has engaged in high crimes and misdemeanors,” the prosecutors explained. “Proper regard for reestablishing and protecting the rule of law requires firm and resolute action by the House. Lawmakers should not allow any refusal by the president to cooperate in its process to frustrate the performance of its constitutional duties.”
You can read the entire piece HERE.