Thank you for doing your job. Especially to the House Democrats in Republican-leaning districts who could have easily abstained or voted not to impeach, knowing that more than enough votes were already available.

That is the kind of courage, conscientiousness and placing the country before party we need out of Congress, but is sorely lacking. Some may be risking their seats but did their duty anyway. The country voted overwhelmingly for congressional oversight of the president in the 2018 midterms — even in many Trump districts — and that’s exactly what we’ve gotten. After all, elections have consequences, as many Trump supporters are fond of saying. You can be sure that reasonable Republicans are afraid for their country and are glad to hide behind congressional oversight from the Democrats and demonize them. Kind of the best of both worlds.

And thank goodness for this newfound oversight! Under a Republican House, do you think Mr. Trump’s wrongdoing would ever have seen the light of day? And, it doesn’t even matter that Mr. Trump won’t be removed from office. The Senate Republicans who privately loathe Mr. Trump will not bring themselves to do that, of course. Call me naive, but I believe in his heart of hearts, Mr. Trump knows he is dodging a bullet and will no longer seek foreign help for his 2020 political prospects. A win for all of us.

But Senate Republicans had better be careful. Many Americans will not put up with a sham trial. Just ask Virginia Republicans who made a mockery of a special session the governor called on gun safety last year. Their dereliction of duty cost them dearly at the polls and I believe the same will happen to Senate Republicans in 2020. For all you Trump supporters who find this entire affair a sordid miscarriage of justice, I have just one question: If a Democratic president had done what Mr. Trump has admitted to doing, would you still feel it is not impeachable? As a Democrat who supported the impeachment of Bill Clinton in 1998 because we cannot permit anyone lying to Congress in this country, I unfortunately already know the answer to that one.

Gary Bennett

Frederick

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Lev928

Referring to the current disaster occurring in the Commonwealth of Virginia clearly indicates the author's total lack of knowledge related to firearms and Virginia history. As for another poster that claims Frederick County is becoming more progressive, they, too, have no understanding what the work "progress" means. I'd be willing to bet that the original author is NOT from Frederick or Frederick County originally. My guess would be he's a transplant from a neighboring corrupt county or state.

Ekascic

"progress" can unfortunately mean moving beyond the objective universal principles of the Constitution. So unfortunately Frederick is much more progressive than it used to be.

Lev928

True. That can also change.

olefool

jsk: How's things over at 55 Savushkina Street jsk???

yogib

Thank you Gary for your insightful letter. As we see the GOP party fading, Frederick is growing more and more progressive as I suggest we will see nationally in November.

Lev928

You obviously don't understand the meaning of "progress".

Ekascic

I know I'll work harder with a gun in my back for a bowl of rice a day lol

Dwasserba

"Their dereliction of duty cost them dearly at the polls and I believe the same will happen to Senate Republicans in 2020." Our household of Independents is not as certain as you but will do what we can to make it so.

DickD

Thank you, Deb.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Staraya Derevny is quaint little cafe directly across the street of the Trolls from Olgino.

Unbeknownst to many it is the home to a little piece of Russian/USA history.

Contained under lock and key is the original HRC reset button.

Keeping with tradition, they put it on public display every election day in America.

Every person entering the cafe’ gets to push the button.

Rejoicing over the election of DJT

Singing, toasting and laughing with glee while drinking their vodka.

awteam2000

Staraya Derevny also known as the “Saint Petersburg Café” across the street from the offices of the Internet Research Agency also known as “Glavset”, who where indicted by the US Justice Department for interfering in the US 2016 presidential election in Trump’s behalf, there were people in the café who liked Hillary.🤷‍♂️ Where they drinking ‘Tito’s? There’s a 5 cents bottle return in Iowa and 15 cents return in VT/ME.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Whoosh

olefool

Judging by some of the comments here today I would say the GOP has at last lost it's way, but there is no GOP anymore. Nor are there any traditional republicans either. As of this hour, most commentators here sound like Russian Internet Research Agency bots trying to shift and spin truth and actual news to their imbecilic version of the facts. It baffles me that they can watch the exact same news and come away with a diametrically different version of what they just saw and heard. Oh well, their problems are "a closed mind will forever live in total ignorance". They must be elated with Trump's latest smoke screen (killing an Iranian) to obscure the recent discovery of emails that clearly disclose his criminality. Trump clearly deserves a fair and impartial impeachment trial in the Senate, but so do the American people.

DickD

Gary, I have to respectively disagree with you that Trump will not seek foreign aid in 2020. Trump has proven time and again that he doesn't learn and cares about nobody, except himself and his personal family. He is a pathological liar. As far as the Republicans that support him, they are backing a losing cause and it will cost them. God help all of us if Trump gets reelected.

jsklinelga

DickD

Die hard are the words that come to mind. Trump[ seeking foreign assistance in elections is a Democrat narrative that has been proven false and has been shown to have originated from highly questionable and illegal circumstances. The same with the Russian baloney. The only people that solicited and paid for Russian help in election meddling is the DNC. That has been proven. And it is from those discredited sources that you continually quote/. You truly do suffer from TDS.

Aid was withheld from Ukraine for reasons of suspected corruption. And it is extremely hard to dismiss the fact that "Quid pro Joe" was a part and enabler of that corruption.

hayduke2

Check the emails jsk. Why lock away the actual conversation ? Why do you dispute the intelligence agencies that say the "Russian baloney" is real. Here's a fun video to view - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KV_nIgg008&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR3pN8As6GIBhdUoHD7m-ABj4TlCvYGPYMOFyIX5c99F1ePf2NixYwWHaMs

jsklinelga

What intelligence agencies said that Trump worked with the Russians or any foreign government to meddle in an election? What happened with Joe Biden had nothinbg to do with the election. Trump does not need any foreign help to defeat Joe Biden. He has lost to just about anybody he has came up against in a national election except for being the number 2 guy.

hayduke2

Russian baloney includes diverting to Ukraine instead of acknowledging that Russia interferred in the 2016 elections and will do so again. Trump and you downplay this - the emails I refer to are the ones that say the witholding of funds came DIRECTLY from him and he was warned it is illegal to do so.

jsklinelga

hayduke/aw

I feel sorry for you guys. For 3 plus years you have waited for the "smoking gun" How many times have you been disappointed. How many times will you listen to Wolf or Rachel or joe and say this is it. Now it is the emails. There is no there,there.

For a lighter mood I tried to find a poem or lyrics that fit. Helplessly hoping is the best I could find.

awteam2000

Proven? Then it shouldn’t be a problem if Bolton, Pompeo, Mulvaney and the OMB officials testify and release the documents. Right? By the way... aid wasn’t withdrawn from Ukraine but was delayed two months by Trump, only released by Trump after it was made known their was a whistleblower.

Now the courts ruled that Giuliani’s associate Lev Parnas phone communications can be released to Congress. Stay tuned.

hayduke2

jsk likes to deny the obvious...

threecents

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Alice Jones

Usual ship of fools making comments.

Jleftwich

Quote from Alice Jones: "Usual ship of fools making comments"

Welcome aboard!

BunnyLou

Unhinged and blind, CNN watcher.

marylandmirage

Typical tRump response, Bunny - deny, deflect, destroy the opponent by name calling. Don’t you have any logic?

BunnyLou

The lte reeks of nonsense. Just as your belief that MD is a mirage.

marylandmirage

Again with the insults. Do you ever use logic and reasoning, or is your go to response to insult?

prg45fan

Projection has been the standard bearer for the dems for a long time. Keep listening to the fake news mirage. If you do you won't have to vote against Trump in 2020 because all the fake news polls will say he doesn't stand a chance of winning. Oh...wait. Hahahahahahahahaha *breath* hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahaha

marylandmirage

You are substantiating the “deflection “ part of my post, in true tRump fashion.

prg45fan

Please elaborate on how you are not "substantiating" the "projection" part of my post in a sociopathic fashion. Thanks in advance.

marylandmirage

Instead of presenting evidence and facts, you and Bunny Lou either 1) deny any negative facts; 2) deflect, as in; the dems do this (did this, will do this... ad infinitum); or name call or mock anyone who disagrees with you. It is straight out of tRump’s playbook.

prg45fan

"Instead of presenting evidence and facts". Evidence and facts of what exactly? As far as denying and deflecting, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Or don't you agree with that? That would then be projection.

public-redux

BunnyLou, how are you so cognizant of what is on CNN?

jsklinelga

Mr Bennet,

Fair assessment. Trump was relatively new and investigations and allegations swirled. Then people were not sure of the facts. Now they are and more facts are being uncovered weekly. Facts that justify {resident Trump;s election. The corruption of the Democrats.

So yes we want to thank those Democrats in the swing districts for their votes. They helped further illuminate the corruption and the heavy hand of the Democrat leadership. Certainly President Trump;s re-election campaign owes them a great debt.

it is an outright shame that David Trone will likely be re-elected. Mostly because of the worst gerrymandering in the US, our Sixth District/ He is so typical. Someone who bought a seat, has almost no ties to Western Maryland and certain;y does not represent the people of Western Maryland.

BunnyLou

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prg45fan

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha *takes deep breath* hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahaha

niceund

I always like a good laugh when I wake up in the morning. Reading this letter caused a huge belly laugh. For the writer to speak of fairness while saying the house did their jobs was truly hilarious. How any Democrat could even speak the word "fair" after the cartoon hearings they presided over is outrageous. Local Frederick Democrats have become some of the worst offenders of fairness. Just look at the recent Facebook posting comparing Republicans to Nazis. Thank you for doing all you can to re-elect president Trump.

marinick1

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phydeaux994

The Constitution offers the President being Impeached “NO RIGHTS” during the Impeachment process except those the Impeaching Party allows them. The Presidents Defense is presented at the Impeachment Trial in the Senate. As in Clinton’s Impeachment, the Impeaching Party allowed Trump the Right to have Council and call witnesses pertinent to the charges. He chose not to. Why? Quit whining.

bosco

"the Impeaching Party"....funny, especially recalling Pelosi's, Schiff's, and Nadler's calls for a bi-partisan impeachment process for Slick Willie. The only bi-partisan part of the House impeachment vote was the "No" vote.

threecents

Why would comparisons to Nazis help Trump?

public-redux

Uhhhh....positive reinforcement?

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