Opinion Piece By Roger Gitlin, Letter to Congressman Jared Huffman – December 19, 2019
It is with sadness in which my wife, Angela, and I write you to express our disappointment in your voting for two counts of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Impeachment is a serious, somber action. You have trivialized this rarely used political action and set a terrible precedent which will have a chilling effect on the Executive branch of government…
We may disagree with implementation of policy but the extreme measure to impeach President Trump is unwarranted and over the line on what I identify as the flimsiest of evidence. This action is remarkable and shocking . Your disdain for President Trump is transparent and your contempt for duly-elected President Trump in 2016 commenced with your boycott of his inauguration in January 2017 and continues, unabated. The action the House took on impeachment attempts to undo 63 million votes in the last election.
Rather than showing leadership, you and 229 other Democrats (and the entire California Democratic House caucus), has demonstrated how far you are willing to wade into political divisiveness. Your vote Wednesday has widened the gulf between those with differing opinion. There was no crime committed by the President.
- RE: Count 1, ABUSE OF POWER. I am skeptical you believe President Trump committed a ” High Crime and Misdemeanor” in asking the Ukraine , a country deeply steeped in a history of corruption, to investigate the relationship Hunter Biden enjoyed as a Board member of Burisma. The United States should be held to the highest level level of integrity. I am proud of President Trump when he asked the president of Ukraine to investigate the relationship between the Biden Family and Burisma. It is alarming Congressman Huffman, you would not recognize or even question this appearance of impropriety in this Burisma relationship, especially in view of a dearth of qualifications by the Vide President’s son. . .
- RE: Count 2, OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS. It is baseless. The House needed only to seek redress in the Supreme Court for clarification on House subpoena authority . The House failed to seek this re-dress following the President’s option to exercise Executive Privilege.
Congressman Huffman, your actions are that of a follower, not a leader, a political sheep who falls in line with Democrat political protocol. Your vote, though predicable, is not respectable or responsible.
The House vote will fail to remove or stain President Trump. I am saddened and disappointed with you, Congressman Huffman.