Why would anyone expect the president of the United States, any president of the United States, to cooperate with any investigation into his or her wrongdoing?
It would make no sense.
It would be going against one’s self-interests. Didn’t Richard Nixon demonstrate this by not destroying the Watergate tapes? Shouldn’t he have?
Clearly, the current parade of witnesses before the House committees’ conduction of the impeachment inquiry into the presidency of Donald J. Trump is not going well.
Why then would anyone expect that Trump would not do anything to protect himself from the incriminating testimony? It is common sense.
Moreover, the success of this tactic during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 Presidential election and the follow up hearings by the House Intel and Judiciary Committees proved convincingly that ignoring Congressional subpoenas issued to members of the Trump administration brought with it no discernible penalties. Ask Former White House Counsel Don McGahn about what penalty he faced for ignoring a Congressional subpoena.
So, then, why would a sitting president facing impeachment and removal as is the current situation confronting Trump logically even consider cooperating with an impeachment inquiry conducted by the House of Representatives and its committees?
The answer is quite simple.
The answer is the rule of law, for one. It is the same reason why Martha Stewart served time in prison for charges stemming from insider trading.
Insider trading makes a great deal of sense. You find out information about certain stocks before that information finding its way to the rest of the public. Why would you not benefit from this valuable information? Why would you not take steps to protect your assets by acting on this insider information? The answer is: Because to do so is illegal. It is against the law.
There is no doubt that Trump finds that many of the rules and procedures that are commonly accepted by members of the federal government make no sense.
Why would you not, as the president, be able to utilize his position as president for personal benefit? He is the president! Why can’t he have the G7 summit held at one of his golf resorts?
He is the president! Why should you not be able to use his position as president to task his newfound friends who happen to be leaders of foreign nations to provide some “dirt” on his political opponents? Why should you not hold up military aid if they do not help him out politically? He is the president!
The answer: Because it is ILLEGAL!
Regardless of whether Trump agrees with or even understands the protocols, rules, regulations, laws and so on that apply to the office of president, he is still bound by them unless they are changed or eliminated.
The campaign finance laws are quite clear that it is illegal to accept assistance in our elections from foreign entities such as Russia, Ukraine or, as he requested on the White House lawn, China.
No, Trump, we are not joking. Moreover, foreign entities do not care about the validity of our elections; they only care about how outcomes benefit their own countries that is nationalism.
Is there any doubt that China would provide the inflammation you, Trump, are looking for to broker a more beneficial trade deal?
Is there any doubt that Ukraine would give you whatever “dirt” you are looking for, true or not, to receive the needed military aid to protect their country from the Russian invasion?
Is there any doubt that Russia would take whatever actions they could to place a Russian puppet at the head of the United States government? That was a rhetorical question.
The result of the 2016 election answered that question … and yes, Donald, “you are the puppet!”
Regarding impeachment specifically, the answer is: Because you, Donald J. Trump, took an oath of office: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
No, Mr. President, there is no phoniness about the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. It is quite clear and can be found in Article I, Section 9: “…no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State.”
That, Mr. President, includes “dirt” on Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky just as it includes holding the G7 Summit at Doral. Each of these is a benefit to you and, therefore, unconstitutional.
Article II, Section 4 is quite clear that impeachment is not illegal no matter how delusional you may be regarding “the great job” you are doing as president: “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.”
There is no doubt, Donald, that you will be impeached, and the articles of impeachment will likely include the abuse of power you displayed with your dealings with the Ukrainian president. It will also likely include your contempt of Congress with the blatant obstruction you have consistently demonstrated to impede Congress’ Constitutional responsibility of oversight.