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Donald Trump

We know, because a Republican accidentally admitted it (a gaffe is when a politician accidentally tells the truth) that the primary reason why the Republicans pursued the investigation into the attack on the U.S. compound at Benghazi, Libya, was to hurt Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

The Benghazi investigation was a complete waste. They found not a single hint of misconduct by anyone.

For his own reasons — he plays strictly by the rules — Robert Mueller declined to say if he had found any misconduct in his two year investigation into the Trump administration and its nefarious interactions with Russians during the 2016 election, but he did give us a huge hint in his recent public statement that he found lots of evidence of misconduct. He just chose not to say so publicly because the rules his employer, the Department of Justice, set for him prohibit him from indicting the president, and he believes, rightly, that it is unfair to suggest anyone committed a crime when that person will not have the opportunity to undergo trial to establish guilt or lack of it.

That’s the job of the House, or so Mueller thinks. Inexplicably, Nancy Pelosi refuses to begin an impeachment investigation. The only valid reason to hesitate is that, at the moment, the Senate certainly will not vote to remove him.

So what? Declare an impeachment investigation now, and pursue it until either the House Judiciary Committee chooses to vote out articles of impeachment — the event that prompted Richard Nixon to resign — or until the 2020 presidential election.

The Republicans set the precedent of pursuing an investigation for two years in order to hurt a political opponent. This is not a happy precedent, and not one the Democrats should want to emulate.

But there is a critical difference.

The sole purpose of the Benghazi investigation was to harm Hillary. There was never any good evidence that anyone had behaved badly. They made it all up.

There is mounds of evidence that Trump is guilty as sin. He obstructs justice daily with his refusal to comply with subpoenas. It is a bit extreme, but not entirely wrong, to say that our entire structure of government is at stake here.

There are overwhelming reasons to impeach Trump. He deserves impeachment under any description. Pursuing him relentlessly under the rubric of impeachment until November 2020 is an entirely reasonable and condign action on the part of the House of Representatives.

Trump deserves Benghaziment.

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Uppity gay, Buddhist, author, historian.

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