What editorial boards are saying about impeachment
A round-up of excerpts from national newspapers.
President Donald Trump attends a multilateral meeting on Venezuela at the InterContinental New York Barclay hotel during the United Nations General Assembly.
President Donald Trump attends a multilateral meeting on Venezuela at the InterContinental New York Barclay hotel during the United Nations General Assembly. [ EVAN VUCCI | AP ]
Published Sep. 25, 2019

From “Congress, Don’t Fall Into This Trap,” an editorial from the Washington Post: In the matter of President Trump pressuring the leader of Ukraine to manufacture dirt on a domestic political opponent of Mr. Trump, Congress, which now will open an impeachment inquiry , is right to press for more information. But this time, in its quest for documents and testimony, it should not minimize what is already known. ... Congress also should not forget what it already knows. Mr. Trump and his cringing Cabinet enablers are scrabbling furiously to obscure that truth by throwing out lies about the Bidens, pretending that the Trump phone call was normal and ethical and, maybe most contemptibly, impugning the patriotism of the whistleblower. Republicans in Congress might ask themselves how they would have responded if President Barack Obama had been caught importuning a foreign leader to concoct dirt on one of them and using the levers of American power to enforce the request. They and their Democratic colleagues should keep in the front of their minds what they already know.

From “The Impeachment Congress,” an editorial from the Wall Street Journal: (House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) will also need a commitment to accountability for the House. This means voting to authorize an official inquiry, as Republicans did in 1998 regarding Bill Clinton. Mrs. Pelosi can’t get away with merely declaring something “official” without honoring the proper procedure and making the Members declare themselves on the record. If she wants the constitutional privileges of the impeachment power, she has to be accountable for it. Mrs. Pelosi has often said that impeachment won’t be credible with the public if it isn’t bipartisan. Yet so far it is entirely partisan. Mr. Biden proved that point by calling Tuesday for Mr. Trump’s impeachment if he resists the demands of Congress. The House can impeach on a partisan vote and define “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” as it wishes. But impeachment is ultimately political, and the voters will decide in 2020 if impeachment is what they voted for in 2018.

From “Congress Steps Up, Trump Blinks,” an editorial from the New York Times: There will be no more push and pull among Democrats about whether to hold an official impeachment inquiry. With apologies to Twitter, the trigger has been pulled, the Rubicon crossed, the die cast. After months — years even — of watching Mr. Trump behave as though he answered to no one, many lawmakers seemed almost relieved that the showdown had arrived. Now that it has, lawmakers of both parties must proceed with care. Rarely have the stakes been so high.

From “If Trump Won’t Come Clean About Ukraine, An Impeachment Inquiry Is The Only Option,” an editorial from the Los Angeles Times: Impeachments are among the fastest ways to traumatize a divided nation. That’s why this page (the Los Angeles Times editorial board) has been reluctant to endorse calls for the House of Representatives to launch a formal impeachment investigation into President Trump. But this week the president crossed a new line.


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