There can no longer be any doubt that President Donald Trump has committed high crimes and misdemeanors and must be impeached, according to MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell.
On the Friday edition of his nightly show, just hours after two sentencing memos from Special Counsel Robert Mueller named Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator for ordering that his former attorney, Michael Cohen, make hush money payments to two women Trump allegedly had affairs with.
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O’Donnell began by noting that the only thing keeping Trump from being indicted is a memo from the Department of Justice which suggests sitting presidents are not subject to indictment:
“If Donald Trump lost the election and federal prosecutors were pursuing this same case, he would be pursuing exactly the same consequences as Michael Cohen. He would be charged with exactly the same two campaign finance violation crimes for arranging secret payments to two women during the campaign to buy their silence about their sexual affairs with Donald Trump.”
Next, O’Donnell cited American history to bolster the case against Trump:
“Congress moved to impeach Richard Nixon when the special prosecutor described his crimes. The House of Representatives moved to impeach, and did in fact impeach,Bill Clinton when the special prosecutors showed that he committed perjury in that civil case involving Paula Jones.”
The time, O’Donnell concluded, has come for Congress to do what must be done if this is indeed a nation of laws and every person is subject to the law:
“And so if history means anything in the Trump era, if precedent means anything in the Trump era, Donald Trump will be — must be — impeached because of the crimes prosecutors say he committed in the Michael Cohen case.”
There can no longer be any doubt that we have a man in the Oval Office who appears to have been involved in all sorts of illegal actions and immoral behavior. No president has been more deserving of removal from office than Donald Trump. To allow him to remain would be an insult to everything the Founding Fathers intended this nation to be.
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