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Trump’s arrogant refusal to comply with House subpoenas and his apparent disdain of congressional oversight amounts to his thumbing his nose at the Constitution. This, coupled with the damning information contained in the Mueller report, may force the Democrats in the House further down the road to impeachment. If Trump is courting that move for some political gain in the 2020 election, he may be miscalculating.

Impeachment hearings would garner a huge TV audience, focus on Trump’s misdeeds rather than “alternative facts,” and expose the spineless complicity of congressional Republicans. The end result may be revelations from which Trump could not recover. Right now the strength of the economy is the only face card in Trump’s weak hand. The announcement of an impeachment inquiry will weaken the stock market and send shivers through the economy. With that done, Trump is done.

The only way out of this mess without crippling the republic and the economy is for congressional Republicans to get a backbone and stand with Democrats to rein Trump in. A thorough and honest assessment of Trump’s tenure would reveal very little in terms of furthering the American legacy. It is time for serious politicians to work across the aisle and block Trump’s self-serving agenda, preserve the integrity of the Constitution, and open the road for a real Republican challenger. Republican loyalty to Trump is a mystery. After all, as Ana Navarro says, “Trump has only been a Republican for 15 minutes.”

Kenneth R. England

Albany (May 3)

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