It is ironic that our president has led a convention claiming to be a “Law and Order” president, while repeatedly violating the law. The Hatch Act prohibits campaigns from using federal facilities and prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity as part of their official duties.
While the Hatch Act does not apply to the president, it clearly applies to the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, who administered the Oath of Citizenship, with the president, to new citizens as part of the convention proceedings. Additional Hatch Act violations include Secretary Pompeo’s speech, signs on the White House lawn, and numerous other misuses of government facilities, personnel, and funds as part of the convention. The president took an oath to enforce our laws, including the Hatch Act.
Now our president is having the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) restrict the access of the Intelligence Oversight Committees to the intelligence relating to foreign interference in our upcoming election. The Intelligence Oversight Act requires that the Intelligence Committees be “fully and currently informed” on “significant anticipated intelligence activity”. This weekend, the DNI said he will no longer provide in-person briefings on foreign election interference. This refusal to keep them “fully informed” is designed to keep ongoing Russian interference hidden.
Our Constitution provides a method to address lawless behavior by a president. Members of Congress, who took an oath to uphold the Constitution, have a responsibility to enforce the law by impeaching the president. It may seem futile for the House to vote to impeach, while the Senate has already demonstrated their refusal to convict. The refusal of the Senate to do their Constitutional duty should not stop the House of Representatives from fulfilling theirs.
If the president chooses to violate a new law every day, he should be impeached every day. If a criminal were found innocent on one charge of bank robbery, we would not allow him to rob a new bank each day. Each robbery would be prosecuted. This principle should apply to any criminal, including the president. Congress has a duty to act.
If you support “Law and Order” and “equal justice under the law”, please contact your member of Congress and insist that they do their job by submitting articles of impeachment.