To the Editor:
This is in response to Rick Dime's letter on impeachment. I agree with him totally about the importance of following the Law.
Once we abandon the rule of law for partisanship, we will condemn ourselves to rule by force and power. Which leads us to the impeachment charges against President Trump.
He acted as President of all Americans in a partisan way to gain power for himself and his party.
He did so by implying that he would withhold foreign aid unless there was an investigation of a political opponent. The power of the purse belongs in whole to Congress. The president does not have the Constitutional power to withhold money appropriated by Congress.
The president may or may not have bribed foreign officials in terms of holding the appropriated funds for a partisan favor. Bribery is clearly stated in Article II Section 4. Misdemeanors was added during the Constitutional Convention by Mason and James Madison, who recognized that the office of president should be subject to conduct requiring behavior beyond simply following the law. So the behavior by President Trump may or may not violate a law but may violate the Constitution as either bribery or misdemeanor.
The House has done their job under the Constitution. It remains to be seen if the Senate will conduct a fair and thorough trial under their Constitutional duty.
The real question of course will always remain why did a president who claims that he is innocent refuse and order people who could presumably exonerate him not testify in public?