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Letter: Why only impeach the president?

It is worth noting that Samuel Chase, a signatory of the Declaration of Independence and Associate Supreme Court justice was, during the elections of 1800s, impeached on grounds of letting his partisan leanings affect his court decisions. Even though he was acquitted by the Senate, still the precedent for impeaching Supreme Court justices is a remedy for wayward judges and demonstrates our founding fathers did not deem anyone unimpeachable, as far as the law or politics goes.

The partisan protective barrier that surrounds our elected representatives today are mostly paid for by special interests. That they accuse and excuse one another without remedy is clearly harmful to the nation and ethical governance, especially since there is a remedy: Expulsion. This can be taken against any member of Congress under Article I, Section 5 of the United States Constitution, which provides that "Each House [of Congress] may determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member."

President Trump, who is neither a partisan Republican nor Democrat, deserves the cooperation of adults in both parties to solve the problems that are holding the U.S. back. And those political antagonists that hinder his administration through unsubstantiated accusations from dubious foreign agents used by disreputable U.S. intelligence agents and their subordinates, corrupt political appointees at the cabinet level, should be aware that if conservative Republicans and Democrats ever develop the courage of their convictions, they could find their heads on the proverbial chopping block and expelled from office for disorderly behavior.

America needs sane people to lead, not insane, which many of our elected officials obviously are if we use the definition of insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result."

Dwight Messner

Grand Forks

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