Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board endorses the impeachment of President Trump

Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board endorses the impeachment of President Trump
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The Philadelphia Inquirer’s editorial board officially endorsed the impeachment of President TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE, saying that the blocking of testimony from several administration officials was an act of “tyranny.”

The Inquirer cited the two articles of impeachment unveiled this week against Trump — abuse of power over his dealings with Ukraine and obstruction of justice for ordering officials to defy congressional subpoenas. The paper expressed deep concern with the second, saying it "should have us all frightened.”

“In defying these orders, and through his continued ridicule of the impeachment process and the members of Congress who initiated it, Trump has severely disrespected his office and the document he swore to protect and uphold. Should this process end with a trial and a Senate vote to remove him from office — a prospect that seems highly unlikely — it’s not hard to imagine that he would insist that the process was invalid and refuse to go,” the editorial board wrote Wednesday.

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“Such an act of tyranny is what the Constitution was created to protect against. That is why this impeachment process is urgent and should move forward without delay.”

The House launched its impeachment investigation in late September over Trump’s pressuring of Kyiv to launch investigations into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen 16 things to know today about coronavirus MORE, a chief political rival, and alleged 2016 election meddling.

Democrats have charged that Trump abused his power by leveraging a White House meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and nearly $400 million in military aid on the probes, a conclusion that was backed up by several Democratic House witnesses and constitutional scholars. 

The Inquirer recognized that while an ultimate conviction in the Senate, which requires 67 votes, is unlikely, Trump’s behavior warrants impeachment in the House. 

“The impeachment investigation has been an attempt to get to the truth about the president’s abuse of power. One career civil servant after another has testified to the same facts confirming the whistle-blower complaint that triggered this investigation. Those facts have not been disputed, even by most of the president’s defenders,” the editorial board wrote.

“That ensures that the shocking language describing Trump’s actions — ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ ‘threat to national security,’ and ‘clear and present danger’ — are not partisan weapons,” it added. “And that is why we endorse a vote to impeach the president. While his removal from office is unlikely, his crimes against the country, and the Constitution, warrant that outcome.”