As a former federal prosecutor and a New York State consumer-protection regulator, I devoted myself to taking on bullies, fraudsters, and cheats, who thought the rules didn’t apply to them. I did this because I believe that no one should be permitted to stand in the way of anyone’s right to fulfill their potential and pursue their unique version of the American Dream.
I know crime and corruption when I see it, and I am proud to see our representatives stand up to the Fraudster in Chief in the White House.
Our Founding Fathers understood that if “men were angels, no government would be necessary.” But “the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.”
One of those “auxiliary precautions” was the power and duty of impeachment. Our Constitution vested in the House of Representatives the power and duty to impeach “Officers of the United States” who betray the public trust and misuse the power of their office in corrupt pursuit of personal gain.
By impeaching President Donald Trump last night, the House of Representatives satisfied its solemn obligation. Perhaps no one in our Country’s history has tried so hard as President Trump to corrupt our constitutional republic. His efforts to condition congressional aid to Ukraine upon Ukraine’s investigation of President Trump’s political rival is but one impeachable example of his craven corruption.
While I hope that the Senate now rises to their constitutional duty to conduct a fair trial, I know we cannot rest and rely upon that hope. We need leaders in Congress who will continue to stand up to bullies, fraudsters, and cheats.I hope you will join me in that effort and contribute today.
Adam P. Schleifer