Jennifer Rubin: “It is politically untenable…to use the Mueller report as the basis for impeachment.”

Jennifer Rubin, for whom I hold the utmost admiration and respect, states
(“We’re passing the tipping point on impeachment, ” September 22):

“It is politically untenable at this point to use the Mueller report as the basis for impeachment.”


Jennifer Rubin, “We’re passing the tipping point on impeachment,”Washington Post, September 22, 2019 (10:00 a.m. EDT)//blockquote>

Donald Trump has taken us far down the road to the establishment of an authoritarian government in the United States. Just how far he has corrupted our thinking is revealed by Rubin’s assertion that the incontrovertible evidence of obstruction of justice in the Mueller Report is now irrelevant because it has become “politically the basis for impeachment”.

If our goal is to save our democracy, our Constitution, and the Rule  of Law in the U.S, we must act urgently with the tools at our command to achieve that goal.

To win the 2020 presidential election, Democrats must reshape the playing field on which they currently are losing (the Rasmussen Daily Tracking Poll of Likely Voters shows Trump at a steady 48-50% approval rating).

To reshape the playing field, the only tool the House Democrats have that might work is the holding of impeachment investigation hearings, in which the details in the Mueller Report and additional evidence are laid out in painstaking and methodical detail. It is a monumental error to avoid this on the assumption that the Senate would simply acquit Trump if he were impeached and tried.

If the goal is to reshape the playing field for the 2020 elections, through education of the American people as to Trump’s misdeeds, it is nearly impossible to see why the Mueller Report has become “politically untenable” as a basis for impeachment of Trump.

With the utmost respect, we should invite Jennifer Rubin to rethink her assumption and assertion.

J.P. Rowle

Tracy, CA

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