To the editor:
Rep. Tom Emmer (“Emmer in East Bethel,” 05/10/19) apparently didn’t read the Mueller report because his statement that the Mueller report cleared Trump is patently false.
The Mueller report specifically says: “(I)f we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
In other words, the Mueller Report laid the groundwork for the House of Representatives to examine the evidence and determine if there are grounds to impeach the president. That means individual House members, like Emmer, have a constitutional duty to hold the executive branch accountable for any “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Emmer has clearly abdicated his constitutional duty.
This is nothing new. Cowardly and compromised Republican and Democratic politicians (like Emmer) have repeatedly shirked their responsibility to hold elite political and corporate leaders accountable for egregious malfeasance and treachery.
Where is accountability for the disastrous invasion of Iraq? Where is accountability for the global financial meltdown instigated by corrupt U.S. political and financial establishments?
The responsibility lies with politicians as well as with the electorate which contains a large uninformed and disengaged segment. “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be,” Thomas Jefferson wrote.
When elites are not held accountable for their actions, the message is sent that they can literally get away with anything. And that is how the wealthiest country in the world with the most sophisticated and costly military-industrial complex in history ends up being led by an ignorant and hateful con-man.