— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) January 17, 2019
Special counsel Robert Mueller has yet to issue a report on his probe of alleged Trump-Russia collusion, but the new issue of The Atlantic features the word “IMPEACH” in large, red letters.
The cover story by Atlantic senior editor Yoni Appelbaum argues Congress has the authority, through impeachment, to “rein in a president who is undermining American ideals,” The Hill reported.
The title subhead reads: “It’s time for Congress to judge the president’s fitness to serve.”
Appelbaum asserts Trump has “repeatedly trampled” on the Constitution through his policies, resistance to investigations and attacks on political opponents.
“These actions are, in sum, an attack on the very foundations of America’s constitutional democracy,” he writes.
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, however, believes it’s too soon to “go down any impeachment path.”
“If there’s to be grounds for impeachment of President Trump — and I’m not seeking those grounds — that would have to be so clearly bipartisan in terms of acceptance of it before I think we should go down any impeachment path.”
Nevertheless, on the first day of the 116th Congress, earlier this month, Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., re-introduced articles of impeachment accusing Trump of obstruction of justice.
Sherman told CNN he wants to force the conversation on impeachment when Mueller’s report comes out.
“I didn’t do this as some political move, I did it in July of 2017, about as far away from an election as a House member ever gets,” Sherman said. “Now I’m making sure not to take a step backward. We had to either take a step backward or not take a step backward.”
Appelbaum writes that the newly seated Democratic majority must seize the opportunity to “open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, and bring the debate out of the court of public opinion and into Congress, where it belongs.”
Among them are “Trump waits 19 months to pick his science adviser,” “Turkish agents assault protesters near the White House” and “The president tries to kick transgender service members out of the military.”