Today I feel one way about impeaching Donald Trump. Tomorrow I might feel differently.
Well, that’s how it goes for me. I cannot settle on a course of action regarding the president of the United States. I believe he is a criminal. I believe he is unfit for office. I believe has obstructed justice … which is an impeachable offense.
Does that mean the House of Representatives should launch an impeachment “inquiry,” let alone actual impeachment proceedings? No.
I now believe — at least that’s my belief today — that the only option now for getting rid of Donald Trump will occur at the next presidential election.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi along with the rest of the House Democratic caucus might have been waiting with bated breath for former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony this week before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees. They wanted a “gotcha” moment to occur. It did not present itself. Mueller said what many millions of Americans know already, that Trump has obstructed justice.
Committee Republicans did their job. They sought to impugn Mueller’s integrity, his impartiality, his fairness. They didn’t persuade me, but I was not the one whose attention they sought; they sought to energize the Trump base of voters. Mission accomplished.
Congressional Republicans appear to be as dug in as ever against impeaching the president. Democrats appear to be a bit more demoralized today than they were the day before Mueller took his seat before the House panels.
But … an election is coming along. November 2020 will present Trump foes perhaps their final opportunity to rid the nation of the scourge of this president, the guy who doesn’t believe what Mueller — and other intelligence experts have — that the Russians attacked our electoral system in 2016.
Can they make the case? Can they deny Trump the Electoral College victory he covets to take office for a second term as president?
I believe at this moment that is the only viable course available for those of us who want Donald Trump removed from the presidency.
However, that could change. I mean, there’s always another day.