‘Trump has been in violation’
Fillmer Hevener recently wanted to know what crimes President Donald Trump has committed to warrant impeachment (“No crime against Trump offered,” June 23). He needs to turn off Fox News for a while and research the U.S. Constitution.
Trump has been in violation of the constitution five times with a sixth pending.
• In taking the oath of office, a president promises to “faithfully” execute the laws and the constitution (Article II, Section 2). But Trump is “unfaithfully” executing his duties as president by accusing his predecessor, President Barack Obama, of undertaking an illegal (and impeachable) act.
• Article I, Section 9 of the constitution forbids government officials from taking things of value from foreign governments.
But Trump is making big money off his Trump International Hotel by steering foreign diplomatic delegations to it, and will make a bundle off China’s recent decision to grant his trademark applications for the Trump brand — decisions Chinese authorities arrived at directly because of decisions Trump has made as president.
• The First Amendment to the constitution bars any law “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” But Trump’s ban on travel into the U.S. from six Muslim countries — which he initiated, advocated for and oversees — violates that provision.
• The First Amendment also bars “abridging the freedom … of the press.” But Trump’s labeling the press the “enemy of the people” and choosing whom he invites to news conferences based on whether they’ve given him favorable coverage violates this provision.
• Obstruction of justice. The federal crime of obstruction of justice applies to “whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication influences, obstructs or impedes or endeavors to influence, obstruct or impede the due and proper administration of the law” in a proceeding or investigation by a government department or agency or Congress.
Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey to stop the investigation into the Trump campaign’s dealing with the Russians.
• Article III, Section 3 of the constitution defines “treason against the United States” as “adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”
Evidence is mounting that Trump colluded with Russian operatives to win the 2016 presidential election.
James Peca is a retired government analyst who lives in Farmville. His email address is email@example.com.