To the editor:

The law requires that President Donald Trump must be impeached and removed from office.

The facts are simple: Trump asked for political dirt on Joe Biden from the president of Ukraine. In return, Trump promised to release funds for use by Ukraine to defend itself against Russia’s military incursion into Ukraine. These funds had previously been authorized by law by Congress. Trump’s failure to pay over this money is a violation of his legal duty.

Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution provides in part (emphasis added):

The President … SHALL be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of … Bribery ….

Section 201 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code (Bribery) provides, in part:

Whoever —

(1) directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official … with intent—

(A) to influence any official act; or…

(C) to induce such public official … to do or omit to do any act in violation of the lawful duty of such official or person …

(2) being a public official directly or indirectly, corruptly demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept anything of value personally or for any other person or entity, in return for:

(A) being influenced in the performance of any official act; shall be fined … or imprisoned … or both.

It appears likely that Trump will be impeached for, among other things, bribery. On these facts, and on this law, no senator following the law and the facts can fail to find that Trump committed bribery.

As a result, under the Constitution, Trump must be removed from office.

Let’s get it over with already.

Ronald S. Goldser

Eagan

Sadly, impeachment must happenTo the editor:The law requires that President Donald Trump must be impeached and removed from office.The facts are simple: Trump asked for political dirt on Joe Biden from the president of Ukraine. In return, Trump promised to release funds for use by Ukraine to defend itself against Russia’s military incursion into Ukraine. These funds had previously been authorized by law by Congress. Trump’s failure to pay over this money is a violation of his legal duty.Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution provides in part (emphasis added):The President … SHALL be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of … Bribery ….  Section 201 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code (Bribery) provides, in part:Whoever —(1) directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official …  with intent—(A) to influence any official act; or…(C) to induce such public official … to do or omit to do any act in violation of the lawful duty of such official or person …(2) being a public official directly or indirectly, corruptly demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept anything of  value personally or for any other person or entity, in return for:(A) being influenced in the performance of any official act; shall be fined … or imprisoned … or both.It appears likely that Trump will be impeached for, among other things, bribery. On these facts, and on this law, no senator following the law and the facts can fail to find that Trump committed bribery.As a result, under the Constitution, Trump must be removed from office.Let’s get it over with already.

Ronald S. GoldserEagan

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