Cover-up! Infrastructure! Impeachment!

Dear Mr. Trump,

Cover-up!

Speaker Pelosi accurately described what you’re doing by not responding to subpoenas and by preventing people who worked for the taxpayers and voters from appearing before Congress. If you want to keep America from learning more about the kind of person you are, then accept as true the accusation that you’re engaged in a cover-up.

Infrastructure!

The plan that Democrats want – that you supposedly agreed to three weeks ago – would bring jobs and help the economy. It would bring necessary repairs to dangerous bridges, tunnels, and roads. It would bring broad-band internet to those parts of the country that need it most desperately.

And yet, you’re not going to talk about that as long as there’s an investigation on-going? In order to prevent anyone from looking further into your dealings – alleged tax fraud, alleged money laundering, e.g., — you’re going to stop governing? No laws can be passed now, no matter how important to our country? That’s what you think it means to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America?

Remember that oath you swore? Of course not. For the Liar-in-Chief, violating your oath of office is business as usual.

Impeachment!

Finally, the “I word.” A president who refuses to do his duty as the head of the Executive Branch of government is, by definition, committing “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

A president who refuses to govern because needs to protect himself from appropriate investigations, who refuses to fulfill his duties because he considers himself above the law, must be removed from office.

Very truly yours.

Bruce J. Berger

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Read the Report, Mr. Trump …

Dear Mr. Trump,

Now it appears that the first Republican Congressman – Justin Amash (MI) – has actually read the Mueller Report and, based on its plain language, has determined that you committed impeachable offenses. If one Republican has the guts to stand up to you and say that, then others may follow. Congressman Amash also recognizes publicly now that Attorney General Barr misled the American public in describing the Report.

Some “exoneration”!

Those who haven’t actually read the Report may want to know more about what’s in it before mouthing off. How about your attempts to obstruct justice by firing the Special Counsel himself?

As the Report describes “In the days following the Special Counsel’s appointment, [you] repeatedly told advisors, including Priebus, Bannon, and McGahn, that Special Counsel Mueller had conflicts of interest,” but all these advisors told you that these alleged conflicts were nonsense. McGahn “and other advisors believed the asserted conflicts were “silly” and “not real,” and had previously communicated that view to the [you].” Report at n. 577. “Bannon recalled telling the [you] that the purported conflicts were “ridiculous” and that none of them was real or could come close to justifying precluding Mueller from serving as Special Counsel.

That didn’t stop you, did it? You persisted, calling White House counsel McGahn at home “twice and on both occasions direct[ing] him to call [Deputy Attorney General] Rosenstein and say that Mueller had conflicts that precluded him from serving as Special Counsel.” Report at n. 573.

That’s obstruction of justice, an attempt to protect yourself for illicit reasons from an investigation of your campaign’s multitudinous contacts with Russia.

Read the Report, Mr. Trump. Read the Report.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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The wilfully ignorant presidential candidate …

Dear Mr. Trump,

Some who read my letters echo your posturing that you were “exonerated” by the Mueller report. These people haven’t not read the report, however, and neither have you.

Here’s what the report does say about working with Russia:

“The [Special Counsel’s] office uncovered numerous links … between Trump Campaign officials and individuals having … ties with the Russian government” (Report 180). The Russians explicitly “promis[ed] derogatory information on Hillary Clinton” (Id.). Donald Trump, Jr., responded “I love it” when offered this damaging information (Report 185). “Trump Jr. appears to have accepted that offer and to have arranged a meeting to receive those materials.” (Id.)

Despite our country’s “compelling interest in limiting the participation of foreign citizens in activities of democratic self-government and in thereby prevent foreign influence over the U.S. political process, … several U.S. persons [associated with your campaign] made false statements about those contacts and took other steps to obstruct the Office’s investigation and that of Congress” (Report 180).

So how does this exonerate you? People don’t make false statements and obstruct justice when they feel they’ve acted properly.

You escaped prosecution only because of Mueller’s ridiculously narrow definition of the evidence necessary to convict you and the Campaign, only by virtue of Mueller’s citing your pitiful ignorance of the law. You get an undeserved pass from the Special Counsel based on his judgment that your Campaign knew nothing about the United States laws that prevent foreign contributions to election campaigns. (Report 187)

Really? You run for president, and you don’t know even the most basic laws about political campaigns? It’s hardly believable. Your so-called “exoneration” is an abomination, depending on your willful ignorance of the law.

What do you have to say, Mr. Trump?

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Spitting in the face of our laws …

Dear Mr. Trump,

Whatever else you think you may be doing by stonewalling – playing to your base, acting “tough,” trying to goad House Democrats to starting impeachment hearings against you – you’re teaching Americans the worst possible lesson.

You’re teaching us that our sacred institutions of government should be disrespected, that government by an elected legislative branch is a fantasy, and that lawful process – subpoenas intended to allow policy access to the information they need to govern – can and should be ignored with impunity.

As House Judiciary Chairman Nadler properly put it, you are placing your own personal needs “over the fair administration of justice” by decreeing that your administration will not respond in any way to Congressional requests for testimony and documents.

Why should we respond to a summons to jury duty? You’ve shown that our way of government can be flouted.

Why should we comply with laws that require drivers to have a driver’s license? You, Mr. Trump, apparently don’t have to obey the law, so why should anyone else?

Why should we respect our police officers? You, Mr. Trump, spit in the face of Congress, so why can’t common citizens spit in the faces of those trying to enforce our laws?

Chairman Nadler said, and I agree, that “Every one of us must make the same choice. … The choice is simple. We can stand up to [you] in defense of the country and the Constitution and the liberty we love or we can let the moment pass us by.” And he warned that “There is no way forward for this country that does not include a reckoning for this clear and present danger to our constitutional order.”

Ultimately the American voters in 2020 will decide the way forward or the way to destruction. We will decide if we want a president who feels that he is above the law, like a despot, like you, Mr. Trump, or whether we want a president who fulfills his oath to defend the Constitution.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Spitting in the face of our laws …

Dear Mr. Trump,

Whatever else you think you may be doing by stonewalling – playing to your base, acting “tough,” trying to goad House Democrats to starting impeachment hearings against you – you’re teaching Americans the worst possible lesson.

You’re teaching us that our sacred institutions of government should be disrespected, that government by an elected legislative branch is a fantasy, and that lawful process – subpoenas intended to allow policy access to the information they need to govern – can and should be ignored with impunity.

As House Judiciary Chairman Nadler properly put it, you are placing your own personal needs “over the fair administration of justice” by decreeing that your administration will not respond in any way to Congressional requests for testimony and documents.

Why should we respond to a summons to jury duty? You’ve shown that our way of government can be flouted.

Why should we comply with laws that require drivers to have a driver’s license? You, Mr. Trump, apparently don’t have to obey the law, so why should anyone else?

Why should we respect our police officers? You, Mr. Trump, spit in the face of Congress, so why can’t common citizens spit in the faces of those trying to enforce our laws?

Chairman Nadler said, and I agree, that “Every one of us must make the same choice. … The choice is simple. We can stand up to [you] in defense of the country and the Constitution and the liberty we love or we can let the moment pass us by.” And he warned that “There is no way forward for this country that does not include a reckoning for this clear and present danger to our constitutional order.”

Ultimately the American voters in 2020 will decide the way forward or the way to destruction. We will decide if we want a president who feels that he is above the law, like a despot, like you, Mr. Trump, or whether we want a president who fulfills his oath to defend the Constitution.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Another impeachable offense … telling Putin to do it again!

Dear Mr. Trump,

Your efforts to kill our democracy continue unabated.

Your press secretary now admits more outrageous deeds on your part. You’ve had the gall to talk to your master, Vladimir Putin, to confirm that there was “no collusion,” your meaningless catch phrase, given that your campaign “expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.” Nothing like coordinating with a co-conspirator to keep your stories straight.

This can only mean that Russia – with your encouragement – feels fully invigorated to interfere again in our elections. There can be no doubt that you told him you would once again welcome Russia’s help so that you could stay in the White House. You probably told him how to evade FBI’s counter-intelligence effort.

You also apparently “discussed whether you would allow former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before Congress.” NBC News.

What reason could possibly have for explaining to Putin how you intend to assert executive privilege, interfere with Congress’s investigatory duties, and embroil our country in a constitutional crisis? The only reason is to assure Putin that his main objective in interfering in our election – to sow discord in America, to make people doubt the efficacy of democracy – is playing out perfectly as he planned.

In my mind, that conduct by itself constitutes an impeachable offense. You’re begging for it. But be careful what you wish for.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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What does the Bible say about our national disaster?

Dear Mr. Trump,

So now you’re saying that it was a “disaster” to stop tearing babies away from their mothers at the border, to stop separating families permanently.

Maybe the real disaster is that you are our president. Maybe the real disaster is that you wanted to inflict pain and permanent loss on these families who were, after all, only seeking asylum. Maybe the real disaster is that your government still cannot track down the families that were separated and reunite them. Maybe the real disaster is that your government is willfully refusing to comply with court orders to reunite these families, at your direction.

Throw around the term “disaster,” Mr. Trump, and most Americans will know the real disaster. It’s staring you in the face when you look at the mirror, isn’t it?

You’re not a religious man, but many voters are religious. We think deeply about what the Bible says and how it might apply to our national disaster. I think about this often, when I’m reading Psalms. Consider what the Bible says:

“The wicked … are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the wicked shall not stand in judgment …” Psalm 1:4-5.

You will be driven away.

“[God does not] hath pleasure in wickedness; Evil shall not sojourn with [God]. The boasters shall not stand in [God’s] sight. [God] hatest all workers of iniquity.” Psalm 5:5-6.

Your wickedness brings God no pleasure, and, after the 2020 election, you will not stand as president-elect.

“Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.” Psalm 6:9.

Yes, depart Mr. Trump. The voters in 2020 will make sure you depart.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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