The Mueller Report, to a reasoning person, clearly establishes instances of obstruction of justice that call for impeachment of President Donald Trump and his removal from office.

Many experienced political observers consider this path futile, however, because Republicans in the Senate will never support it.

But consider what this says about Republicans. The party of Abraham Lincoln has become so cowardly, corrupt, and/or incompetent that they will not perform their constitutional duty.

Let the impeachment process proceed with the expectation (hope) that at least 20 -25 Republican senators are capable of being reasoning persons and will come around eventually to support removal.

If this doesn’t happen, we’re in deep trouble: they also can be expected to support actions like Trump’s starting a war as a re-election tactic, or his refusing to step down by claiming the 2020 election was rigged.

We also should not ignore the first half of the Mueller Report firmly concluding that Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign occurred in “a sweeping and systematic fashion.”

It concludes there was insufficient evidence to prove a criminal conspiracy, that is, a coordinated plot involving the Trump campaign.

But the Mueller Report presents ample evidence that Trump clearly welcomed Russian cooperation in defeating Hillary Clinton, and both he and his campaign have continuously shown reckless disregard for illegal Russian interference in the U.S. election.

I call this collusion. But let’s not get hung up on the word, and instead, just grant that it’s unacceptable behavior.

I think Robert Mueller exhibits courage, integrity, and reasoned thoroughness — just the opposite of Donald Trump.

But is he too honorable for today’s political world?

We’re going to find out.

Ron Yezzi

Mankato

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