Editorial: NC's congressional delegation; Stand for the Constitution and demand truth
Posted December 17, 2019 5:00 a.m. EST
Updated December 17, 2019 11:30 a.m. EST
CBC Editorial: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019; Editorial #8491
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company.
Three key considerations North Carolina Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will weigh this week as they debate impeachment of President Donald Trump. Truth and allegiance to party are two.
The third is conscience. What are their obligations to voters and the Constitution concerning the key issues? Did Trump’s behavior rise to the level of the two articles of impeachment recommended by the House Judiciary Committee:
- Did his abuse of the power of the presidency to pressure Ukrainians to announce investigations into his political opponents rise to the level of a punishable offense?
- Did his obstructing a congressional investigation, preventing witnesses from appearing and testifying and refusing to provide requested records and other papers, merit trial in the U.S. Senate?
North Carolina’s Democrats in the House have already staked themselves out – Alma Adams, G.K. Butterfield and David Price indicated they will support the two articles of impeachment to be sent to the Senate.
We offer advice for the state’s 10 Republicans – Dan Bishop, Ted Budd, Virginia Foxx, George Holding, Richard Hudson, Patrick McHenry, Mark Meadows, Greg Murphy, David Rouzer and Mark Walker.
Don’t whine, obfuscate or rationalize. Spare us the talk about process, Hunter Biden or the “deep state.” Acknowledge the facts.
- Trump did try to bribe the Ukrainian government with a promise to release millions in foreign aid if Ukraine announced an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden.
- Trump did obstruct Congress in its effort to learn the truth of what happened.
After that, make a decision. Do Trump’s actions rise to impeachable offenses? This isn’t simply a yes-or-no proposition. Explain why – in detail – so North Carolina voters will fully understand the reasoning. No dodging. Clearly and unequivocally answer: Why Trump did the right things; why what he did was wrong but not impeachable; or what he does deserves impeachment.
Indulging in fantasy that Trump didn’t do anything or contending there’s no proof is demonstrably wrong and lacks any credibility. No one should believe anything you say again.
North Carolinians deserve members of the House who have the courage to act with clear conscience and do their sworn duty.
Uphold the Constitution. Stand for the separation of powers. Demand the truth from the president. Facts are facts.
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