Kellyanne Conway’s husband George Conway just wrote an op-ed calling on Congress to impeach her boss President Donald Trump in response to the Mueller report.
Attorney General William Barr released the full Mueller report to the American people and Congress on Thursday morning, but not before he held a ridiculous press conference to spin it and control the narrative in a desperate effort to protect Trump, including excusing Trump’s obstruction because he was angry and paranoid about the investigation.
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It turns out Trump tried to obstruct the probe at least ten different times. And that was enough for Conway, a conservative lawyer, to openly call for impeachment in an op-ed for the Washington Post in which he called the report “damning.”
“The special counsel’s report is damning,” he began. “Mueller couldn’t say, with any “confidence,” that the president of the United States is not a criminal. He said, stunningly, that “if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.” Mueller did not so state.”
“That’s especially damning because the ultimate issue shouldn’t be — and isn’t — whether the president committed a criminal act,” Conway continued. “As I wrote not long ago, Americans should expect far more than merely that their president not be provably a criminal. In fact, the Constitution demands it.”
“The president may have the raw constitutional power to, say, squelch an investigation or to pardon a close associate<‘ Conway argued. “But if he does so not to serve the public interest, but to serve his own, he surely could be removed from office, even if he has not committed a criminal act.”
Conway, who has previously questioned Trump’ mental health and slammed him for being unfit for office “beyond a reasonable doubt,” went on to point out the lengths Trump stooped to undermine the legitimate federal investigation.
The facts in Mueller’s report condemn Trump even more than the report’s refusal to clear him of a crime. Charged with faithfully executing the laws, the president is, in effect, the nation’s highest law enforcement officer. Yet Mueller’s investigation “found multiple acts by the President that were capable of executing undue influence over law enforcement investigations.”
Trump tried to “limit the scope of the investigation.” He tried to discourage witnesses from cooperating with the government through “suggestions of possible future pardons.” He engaged in “direct and indirect contacts with witnesses with the potential to influence their testimony.” A fair reading of the special counsel’s narrative is that “the likely effect” of these acts was “to intimidate witnesses or to alter their testimony,” with the result that “the justice system’s integrity [was] threatened.” Page after page, act after act, Mueller’s report describes a relentless torrent of such obstructive activity by Trump.
He even went on to point out that while Barr is arguing that Trump didn’t commit obstruction because his underlings refused to carry out his unlawful orders, that argument doesn’t fly because the “smoking gun” in former President Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal was a tape of him ordering former CIA director Richard Helms to tell the FBI to not dig into the case. Helms refused and Nixon resigned before he could be impeached.
Trump’s actions are so much worse than Nixon’s, Conway went on to explain. And then he urged Congress to impeach him.
The investigation that Trump tried to interfere with here, to protect his own personal interests, was in significant part an investigation of how a hostile foreign power interfered with our democracy. If that’s not putting personal interests above a presidential duty to the nation, nothing is.
White House counsel John Dean famously told Nixon that there was a cancer within the presidency and that it was growing. What the Mueller report disturbingly shows, with crystal clarity, is that today there is a cancer in the presidency: President Donald J. Trump.
Congress now bears the solemn constitutional duty to excise that cancer without delay.
Obviously, Republicans will not impeach Trump. Trump owns the GOP now and they are just as complicit as he is in the assault on our democracy and the rule of law. That means it will be up to the American people to impeach Trump by voting against him in 2020.
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