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17 Watergate Prosecutors Have Bad Message for Trump

In 'Washington Post' op-ed, they back impeachment
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2019 9:17 AM CDT
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President Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Target Center, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Minneapolis.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – President Trump lashed out at Fox News on Thursday over its poll showing that a majority of Americans back impeachment. The president will like even less a new op-ed in the Washington Post signed by 17 special prosecutors who worked on the Watergate case. In it, they state flatly that they see evidence Trump "committed impeachable offenses" and back the House investigation now underway. The op-ed asserts that the same three articles of impeachment that applied to Richard Nixon—for obstruction, abuse of power, and contempt of Congress—apply to Trump as well. "He has demonstrated serious and persistent abuses of power that, in our view, satisfy the constitutional standard of 'high crimes and misdemeanors.'"

The authors lay out specifics, stating that Trump "conditioned protection of the military security of the United States and of an ally (Ukraine) on actions for his personal political benefit" and "subordinated the integrity of our national electoral process to his own personal political interest." They also accuse him of withholding evidence and directing agencies not to cooperate with Congress. His "blanket refusal to honor requests for relevant information" is in itself "impeachable contempt and obstruction." If the House recommends impeachment, the prosecutors urge GOP senators to follow the lead of their counterparts in 1974, who "put national interest over party loyalty ... We hope the current Senate would similarly put honor and integrity above partisanship and personal political interest." Read the full piece. (Trump accuses Democrats of staging a coup.)

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