Dear Senators Stabenow and Peters:
I have been trying to follow the House of Representative action to impeach and now the Senate trial. I have concluded that this is wholly unjustified. Here is why.
Our Constitution states explicitly only four grounds can be used for impeachment of the President. Treason. Bribery. High Crimes. Misdemeanors. I don’t see how either charge rises to the highest levels to revoke the will of the people.
The first charge is basically that most of the Democrats in the US House disagrees with how President Trump is handling the executive branch of our government.
Isn’t this just the normal way our government is designed to operate when different parties control the US House and the Presidency? This seems to me the US House is trying to violate their limits on power under the Constitution. If this article was to be sustained, not only would the Presidency, but the US Senate would be subordinate to the US House. The US House would be the lead part of our government. The Speaker of the House would become the leader of the nation. Even the Judiciary would become subordinate to the US House.
You as Senator must see that this charge if upheld would make the US Senate subordinate to the US House. You would no longer be a co-equal part of Congress. You would become a mere rubber stamp for whatever the US House passes.
In short, the first charge power grab by the US House to usurp and become the supreme part of our government. This would be completely against the Constitution of our country.
The second charge is obstructing Congress [US House]. Congress is BOTH the US House and the US Senate. Since no action has been stated, implied, rumored, or even hearsay, that President Trump has taken any action that in any way effected the US Senate in anyway. So just on this alone, the charge is false and must be dismissed. Again, this is the US House usurping a superior and unconstitutional position in our government.
There is a very time tested and constitutional process to resolve any disagreement between either body of Congress and the Presidency. Either body of Congress must go to the Judiciary, an impartial and separate branch of government. The Courts decide whether Congress or the Presidency is taking the correct action.
The US House failed to take this proper action. This failure alone makes this charge improper and immediately dismissible. The US House failed to take any action to take any case to any level of the Judiciary. Only and until the US Supreme Court would rule against the President and THEN the President still refuses to take the required action can obstruction occur. This has not only not gone to the Judiciary, there has been no ruling against the President, and the President has not violated that order. So most clearly no obstruction has occurred. You have no choice but to dismiss this charge at your earliest opportunity.
Underlying everything is a very bold move by the US House to become the pre-eminent branch of government. If any article of impeachment is upheld, the US Senate will have not only removed President Donald Trump, but the US Senate will have demoted itself to a subordinate role subject to the will and whim of the US House.
So, the question is, will you vote to demote the US Senate, the greatest deliberative body to be a minor role of our government?
William A. Geresy