The Los Angeles Times editorial board has “seen enough,” calling for president Donald Trump’s impeachment in an editorial Saturday.
“Trump flagrantly abused the power of his office,” the board argued, adding “Trump perverted U.S. foreign policy.”
The Times did admit “a party-line vote would be divisive” and impeachment and removal in the Senate is “highly” unlikely and a failed attempt would merely give the president a re-election campaign talking point of “exoneration.”
The board does draw back on special counsel’s inconclusive Mueller report as pertinent piece of this latest impeachment attempt, levying allegations of obstruction of justice of a crime he was accused of – conspiracy in working with Russia to meddle in the 2016 election – but had insufficient evidence to support.
“Finally, we continue to believe that the House should consider an article of impeachment addressing the actions Trump took to thwart or hobble special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation,” the board wrote. “Mueller did not conclude that Trump committed obstruction of justice, but neither did he exonerate the president.
“Atty. Gen. William Barr and then-Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein subsequently concluded that the evidence developed by Mueller was ‘not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.'”
Referencing Trump’s “do it now, fast . . . so we can get back to business” tweet, the Times concluded Congress should give the president what he wants, adding Republicans should join in the removal of the elected president.
“The House should get on with that business by writing articles of impeachment that make it clear to the Senate — and the American people — why the extraordinary remedy of impeachment is necessary,” the board wrote. “And Republicans who complain that the process is partisan could easily rectify that situation by abandoning their lockstep loyalty to Trump and looking at the facts.”
Like many newspapers in metropolitan cities in the U.S., the L.A. Times endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, only endorsing Democrats on the ballot.