If we can keep it

Is he thinking (or more likely being told) that if he does it openly then it’s not a crime?

Historian Kevin Kruse:

This is apparently going to be the play — repeat the impeachable offense out in the open and pretend that it’s a totally normal thing to do.

Legal eagles on Twitter are pointing out that it’s still a crime. Hillary Clinton for one:

Someone should inform the president that impeachable offenses committed on national television still count.

Laurence Tribe for another:

Nixon: “ If the president does it, it’s not illegal.”

Trump: “If this stable genius does it in broad daylight, it couldn’t be impeachable.”

Q: How dumb does he think we are?

A: Dumb as rocks.

Adam Schiff:

The President cannot use the power of his office to pressure foreign leaders to investigate his political opponents.

His rant this morning reinforces the urgency of our work.

America is a Republic, if we can keep it.

That last line came up in the press conference with Pelosi and Schiff yesterday. Pelosi said it:

Since the Chairman mentioned our Founders, they put guardrails in the Constitution because they knew there might be someone who would overplay his or her power.  They never thought that we would have a President who would kick those guardrails over and disregard the Constitution and say, proposition, ‘Article II says that I can do whatever I feel like.’

So, this is sad.  We have to be prayerful.  We have to be worthy of the Constitution as we go forward.  We have to be fair to the President and that’s why this is an investigation: an inquiry, and not an outright impeachment, and we have to give the President his chance to exonerate himself.  But, he thinks what he did was perfect.  So, we have that situation, but I say to my colleagues, ‘Calmness, quiet so that we can hear, that we can hear what is being said in this regard.’

Again, on that very day, September 17th, that was Constitution Day, a Tuesday.  Two Tuesdays ago from yesterday.  That was when that explosion hit of what possibly happened in that phone conversation, which the President confirmed to me in our call.

Q:  Madam Speaker?

Speaker Pelosi.  And that day was the day we observed the adoption of our Constitution, September 17th.  On that day, way back when, when Benjamin Franklin left Independence Hall, people said to him ‘What do we have, Dr. Franklin, a monarchy or a Republic?’  He said ‘A Republic, if we can keep it.’

It is our responsibility to keep that Republic with the genius of the separation of powers, three co‑equal branches of government, each a check and balance on the others, separation of power, a Republic, if we can keep it.  That’s our responsibility, that’s the oath of office that we take, and that is what is the basis – one of the reasons why we just have to look at the facts and the Constitution.

Big, big if.

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