Message to Representative Stephen Lynch, D-MA:

Representative Lynch—

I know you have spoken publicly against impeachment proceedings against President Trump, but I must respectfully disagree with your stance and strongly urge you, as my representative, to support a thorough impeachment investigation.

While I understand the potential political fallout from botched impeachment proceedings, I believe the corrosive effects of not fully investigating what appear to be multiple impeachable offenses are far worse for the long-term health of our republic. I firmly believe that Congress must live up to its constitutional duty to hold the executive branch accountable. If Congress is complicit in allowing executive abuses of power, we are a republic in name only. The integrity of our representative democracy demands Congressional action.

While I think that the President’s reckless public behavior provides sufficient grounds alone for investigation, the Mueller report and his testimony to provides clear justification for a full-scale impeachment inquiry. Mueller made it clear that the evidence his report documents is sufficient for criminal prosecution on the charge of obstruction of justice were Donald Trump not a sitting President. It therefore falls to the House of Representatives to hold him accountable for his alleged crimes. Additionally, President Trump’s failure to divest of his business interests upon assuming the presidency and his repeated use of the office for personal gain provide further clear justification for an impeachment inquiry, his most recent call for the G7 conference to be held at one of his properties being the most recent and most egregious example of his willful flouting of the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

A full impeachment inquiry is needed to protect the integrity of our system of government by demonstrating that the system of checks and balances our founders designed still functions. While the media coverage of hearings will cause some to harden their support for President Trump and increase their distrust of democrats, many others will be swayed by being educated about his actual wrongdoing, and others will have their fading faith in our government restored by seeing its principles practiced instead of subverted.

As my representative, I urge you to help make sure I and my fellow Americans get the full truth by publicly supporting an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Keith A. Gillette