Rule of Law

A Move to the Brink of Impeaching Trump

Readers urge a broader inquiry not just focused on Ukraine and express fear and hopelessness about what is happening in America.

To the Editor:

Re “House Democrats Unveil Articles of Impeachment Against Trump” (, Dec. 10):

As the Democrats make their case for impeachment, it is crystal clear that President Trump put his personal political interests above the security needs of our nation. This is indeed appalling. However, what I find most disturbing is the president’s continual pronouncements that he’s done nothing wrong.

If he does not understand that what he did was wrong, then I fear what he could do next and how a foolish or immoral act could put our country in jeopardy. Mr. Trump is a danger to all Americans (and beyond), and therefore must be removed from office.

Shoshana Silberman
Lawrenceville, N.J.

To the Editor:

It is disappointing that the articles of impeachment against President Trump are limited solely to the Ukraine matter and exclude the uncontested acts of obstruction of justice documented in the Mueller report.

Overlooking Mr. Trump’s blatant and repeated efforts to interfere with the Mueller investigation sets a dangerous precedent, encouraging lawlessness by future presidents and weakness by future Congresses.

The Constitutional Accountability Center has drafted three clear and well-documented articles of impeachment that tightly connect Mr. Trump’s obstruction of the investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 election to his solicitation of foreign interference in the 2020 election.

If Mitch McConnell secures blind loyalty from Senate Republicans to acquit Mr. Trump, it is all the more important that the articles of impeachment for all time document the full and sweeping extent of Mr. Trump’s violation of his constitutional oath to preserve and protect the Constitution.

Stephen F. Rohde
Los Angeles
The writer is a retired constitutional lawyer.

To the Editor:

Tears began rolling out of my eyes as I was sitting in my recliner on Monday watching the impeachment hearings in the Judiciary Committee. As I wiped them away, I realized they were coming from a place of hopelessness and sadness about what is happening in this country right now.

I am a 69-year-old retired woman who has lived through three impeachment inquiries now, the Vietnam War, the assassinations of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Kennedy brothers. I have lived in Africa for 12 years fighting for reproductive health rights, AIDS prevention and treatment, family planning, malaria prevention.

But through all of that I have never felt such hopelessness as I feel now in light of the vitriol, the divisiveness, the disrespect and the lies that we are now facing. How can we turn around from this path we are heading down?

For the G.O.P. to strategize about how to diminish what they know is the truth, how to twist facts to intentionally mislead the viewers — how can one fight that? I cry as I have never cried before for the future of our country, and for democracy as a whole.

Jeannie Brown