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Why is this impeachment process important?

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Why is this impeachment process important? Any president must be held accountable. I think most people agree with that statement. Our personal filters (party, policy, etc) impact how we view these particular proceedings.

Putting on blinders would be helpful as, unfortunately, what is acceptable depends on who is doing it. If President Obama refused to allow any investigation of his administrationís conduct, you might blow a gasket. When President Clinton lied about his personal life, you might have believed he deserved to be removed from office.

So pretend an unnamed president, refuses to provide documents for ANY investigation conducted by congress. Congress is constitutionally equal to the president as is the judicial branch. Iím sure you believed the 7 years and $70 million spent investigating Bill Clinton would have saved us a ton of money if heíd simply refused to be interviewed or provide any records.


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Similarly, pretend that an unnamed president asks foreign governments to investigate personal or political enemies or to guarantee business profits. In doing so, they are free to utilize any branch of government or government funds to ensure that nation goes along with the request. While youíre at it, pretend the unnamed president asks this favor which benefits a nation we have been trying to contain for decades. Preferably, one that previously interfered with our election or national security.

All future presidents are now free to refuse to cooperate with any coequal branch of government, including the courts. All future presidents are now free to utilize the full faith and credit of our nation to pursue their personal interests.

This is why this is important.

Sincerely

Jane Ryan

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