Opinion | To Impeach or Not to Impeach? That Is the Question.

To the Editor:

Re “The Danger in Not Impeaching” (Op-Ed, April 26):

Elizabeth Drew has made a devastating case for impeachment. So what are Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House majority leader, Steny Hoyer, doing? They are Hamletizing the moment. What is there to agonize about? The stage was set and the road to impeachment was cleared by the Mueller report.

Defending the Constitution demands an impeachment action now. The Constitution does not say impeachment is one of several options. Article II, Section 4 says, “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Both the House and the Senate must heed this, or they will be judged by history as President Trump’s enablers.

Cesar F. Lumba
Las Vegas

To the Editor:

Elizabeth Drew is dead wrong that the greatest danger facing Democrats is a failure to impeach President Trump. The greatest danger is to waste the next 18 months tilting at windmills focused on a quest certain to fail in the Senate.

A large portion of American voters remains undecided as to which party to support in the next election. Democrats must show the ability to govern and deliver legislation that benefits all Americans and moves the country forward.

Investigations are absolutely necessary. The American people must know the truth. But if Democrats hope to win in 2020 and beyond, they have to demonstrate they have great ideas and can implement them.

Kathleen Burke
Northport, N.Y.

To the Editor:

I grew up in the 1950s, and we were taught in school that a president embodied the highest virtues of personal integrity, patriotism and public service. Although most of our small-town residents were Democrats, President Dwight Eisenhower was greatly respected, even idolized. Do we no longer respect the office of the presidency enough to demand that Donald Trump uphold the honor of his office and the principles of the Constitution, including the separation of powers?

When do we decide that we’ve had enough of this odious pretender to the office? We can’t wait two more years. I personally am absolutely sick of this president’s daily demeaning of the office, his daily spewing of lies and racist, misogynist filth.

I demand that our public servants of both parties hold this man accountable and follow their constitutional duty to proceed with articles of impeachment. The Mueller report offered several avenues to pursue. Let’s get on with it!

Carol Benson Knutson
Portland, Ore.

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