Now is the time to launch formal impeachment proceedings against our minority president, Donald the Unindicted. The Mueller Report, if anyone would read it, contains a shocking account of how the Russian government sought to help the Trump campaign and how, instead of reporting it, the Trump campaign eagerly accepted the Russian interference on its behalf.

The Mueller Report presents a detailed narrative of how Trump sought to shut down the special counsel's investigation. Over 900 former government attorneys have signed a statement that the Mueller Report contains multiple instances of Trump violating his oath of office by obstructing or attempting to obstruct justice.

In his televised appearance, Robert Mueller clearly pointed out that his investigation did not exonerate Trump. The House investigating committees do not have to confine themselves to the evidence of crimes in the Mueller Report. They can seek to discover whether or not Trump is guilty of bank fraud, insurance fraud, money laundering, a felony campaign finance violation, and others.

The Nixon impeachment hearings are the best source from which to draw lessons. Nixon interfered with a federal investigation of the Watergate break-in by refusing to turn over documents, coaching and pressuring witnesses, lying to the public, and firing the independent prosecutor. Trump has ordered the withholding of documents, tried to influence the testimony of witnesses, dangled pardons for those indicted, fired James Comey over the Russia investigation, and tried to fire the special counsel.

That Trump committed most of the crimes listed in the Mueller Report before our very eyes does not make them less criminal. A bank heist in broad daylight is still a crime.

Don Strasser

Mankato

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