Ambassador Alan Keyes, a former presidential candidate, is urging President Trump to demand that the House of Representatives “do its job and clear the air” of the politically charged allegations against him that are clouding Washington, D.C.
Keyes said the House has “a responsibility that they are not meeting right now,” which “to protect this president from this outrageous barrage of charges being handled seriously at the moment in no authoritative way because no one has the authority to deal with them: Only the House does.”
The former U.N. ambassador was speaking in an interview posted by the website Sovereign Nations.
Keyes spoke specifically about the accusations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential election, which is at the center of an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Critics say it appears Mueller is ignoring documented links between Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, and Russia.
Keye said he believes it’s in Trump’s “best interests to demand that the House do its job.”
“The air needs to be cleared. These charges and allegations need to be disposed of and a mechanism for absorbing them in an authoritative way so that they can be dealt with fairly, objectively, and with integrity needs to be established in the House of Representatives,” he said.
In a companion column at WND, Keyes noted Mueller reportedly is worried Trump “could try to pardon people in his circle even before prosecutors charge anyone with a crime.”
Congress, not the executive branch, has the authority to investigate abuses, Keyes argued.
“The institution of a special counsel, nominally ensconced in the executive branch, but supposedly empowered to investigate abuses involving its highest authorities, has little or no legitimate constitutional basis,” he said.
“It abandons the sensible logic that rejects the notion that the executive branch could simply be trusted to deal with those authorities. The task of doing so was vested, instead, in the Congress, on its responsibility to the people at large, in their role as the ultimate arbiters of the political process.”
Keyes said “the role the Constitution assigns to the people has, in effect, been discarded.”
“The Constitution assigns that role to the U.S. House of Representatives, the body the framers assumed would most directly register the mind and character of the people of the United States at the grass roots,” he said. “Instead, the U.S. special counsel is these days most directly involved with the U.S. Senate, which body the framers assumed would be more oligarchic in character.”
He asked: “Is this a classic instance of using the weapons of democracy against democracy, by inducing the people to surrender the advantage the Constitution places in their hands?:
Keyes said that once “the unique initiative of the U.S. House is effectively extirpated, routine acceptance of the bastardization of responsibility the special counsel approach represents will leave factional and partisan oligarchic interests virtually unchecked.”