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Letters, Nov. 5

Trump must be removed

The president’s supporters have argued from every perspective that the impeachment process is flawed, but each supposed objection is inevitably being brushed aside by events or the courts.

In the end, their only remaining argument will be that his transgression was ill-advised but made with supposed innocent intent and did not rise to the level of an impeachable offense. However, the framers of the Constitution included “bribery” as an expressed example of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

It has become patently clear that Trump attempted to extort Ukraine’s president by withholding military assistance and manifest U.S. support against Russia unless he publicly announced investigating the Bidens and also Ukraine’s alleged role in place of Russia in subverting our 2016 election. By no stretch of the imagination can this be construed as other than self-serving abuse of power and contrary to long established U.S. foreign policy objectives.

Trump must be impeached and convicted, like it or not, if the Constitution is to continue to be respected as the ultimate law of the land.

Ted Gibbs

Ashland

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