Letter to the Editor

Impeachment process

Monday, November 25, 2019

I appreciate the recent rebuttal letter for making my point about public misinformation on the impeachment process. I did not call anyone “stupid, immoral or partisan.” I said “As often demanded of them, Congress is doing their job and upholding their oath to defend the constitution. If you believe otherwise it says it all about your allegiance, intelligence, morals or all three.” If you don’t think this process was defined by the founding fathers as part of the constitution and expected that congress would/should use it to uphold their responsibility as one of the three equal branches of government, my point is made again. The only mantra I adhere to is the Constitution of the United States of America.

Contrary to the comment made, there have been multiple witnesses that were on the July 25 call. If looking for first hand witnesses that heard Trump order the criminal act, Trump won't let them testify or provide any documentation! Some are defying congressional subpoenas (you try to get away with that). Trump, Pence, Pompeo, Giuliani, Mulvaney, Bolton, Perry. Make them answer questions under oath, live on camera. The witnesses that have testified did not ignore subpoenas, were professional, intelligent, absolutely believable, nonpartisan, courageous and fiercely loyal to the USA. Even when being disgustingly attacked by the GOP and by traitor Trump in real time. Trump told everyone to “talk to Rudy,” “work with Rudy.” Rudy is Trump’s mouthpiece/henchman and very successful as the result is everyone involved, American and Ukrainian, knew that Trump wanted a crime committed that has put our country in danger. Ambassador Yovanovitch was recalled after being smeared (talk about libel/slander) when deemed an impediment to the commission of the crime.

I hesitate to spend any time on the whistleblower attacks as many first hand witnesses to the July 25 phone call have already confirmed the report’s details, so it’s a moot point. I read the whistleblower report and the partial (why not full?) phone call transcript. The whistleblower report was reviewed and deemed credible/urgent (not easily dismissed as stated) by the intelligence community’s inspector general and referred to the DOJ for investigation yet the inspector general, the whistleblower and process are disparaged. The same pathetic GOP defense. We don’t know who the whistleblower is (most likely a career government official) and based on the quality of the career government officials interviewed, I believe the whistleblower meets that same high standard and quite capable of composing the report themselves as it’s the same as other government documentation created on a daily basis by those that do it as a career.

I agree on this: “So give me the facts and let me make an informed decision on my own.” That’s the purpose of these hearings and soon to be Senate hearings though facts will be missing without Trump, Pence, Pompeo, Giuliani, Mulvaney, Bolton, Perry answering questions under oath. Here’s hoping the GOP senators defend the country and not their party.

— Diane Smith, Spencer