This morning must have been a rough one for workers and staff in the White House. Robert Mueller delivered words to the nation that Donald Trump must have fumed over as he stomped about with his usual bombast. Insiders of the Trump Administration have repeatedly offered insights into his behavior when he is confronted with reality.
Mueller declined to clear Trump of obstruction of justice in his first public characterization of his two-year-long investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. That was a cannon shot over the nation–and a clear sign to congress to not neglect the business of oversight into this president.
“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”
Those words have reverberated around the nation. He also said that while Justice Department policy prohibits charging a sitting president with a crime, the Constitution provides for another process to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing. No one missed the message with that line. Congress needs to to begin impeachment proceedings.
I fully understand why some people favor impeachment. as I do, and others can firmly argue the political danger of playing that card. I think history calls us to act when law and order is undermined by the highest office in the land. I strongly hold to the Constitution calling for the legislative branch to keep the executive in check. Others can point out the need to remove an under-handed leader through the ballot box as being a better way to show national disgust.
What we all can agree on is that the Republican Party continues to put partisan politics above love of country and support to our national institutions. That is a shame which historians will long note.
There is an upside to the major story of the day. Mueller demonstrated that he is a man of impeccable integrity and honor. How many times can we say that about a national news-maker in the recent past? We can take great comfort that he left private law practice so to serve our country in this investigation. He is someone parents around the nation can look to as a role model for their children.