If the Democrats' desire to prosecute and convince President Donald Trump is to succeed, they must convince Republicans who have concerns about the President to support their offer to remove him from office.
I know, because I'm one of those Republicans. I voted against Trump in the primary and left my vote empty in the General.
There is a lot to Donald Trump that I do not like or support. There is a lot about his politics and what he has accomplished that I do.
I did not hesitate to criticize the President if he justified it. From the beginning, I often said in Fox News that Trump's call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25 was inappropriate. No president or member of Congress should ask a foreign nation to act against political opponents. It was wrong when the President asked Ukraine for it.
Elected White House officials and assistants should stay out of court investigation. As soon as they get involved, they naturally politicize a subject we believe, at least in the United States, to be based on the principle that justice is blind.
When a politician demands an investigation of a political opponent, he does not seek a blind result. A preferred result is searched.
It is also problematic when a US leader asks a foreign nation, especially a non-democratic one, to get involved. There is no guarantee that a foreign nation will do the right thing. He is more likely to do what is in his national interest, regardless of the facts and the truth.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and President Donald Trump in New York on September 25, 2019.
In the course of the parliamentary impeachment hearings, the witnesses called by the Democrats have successfully argued that the President and his top aides demanded that Ukrainian bids be investigated.
Of course he did it. He said that in his "perfect" phone call on July 25th. Unwise, he also publicly called on China to do the same. He also unreasonably called on Russia to publish Hillary Clinton's e-mails once it had them.
The Democrats' problem is that their impeachment hearings have proved to be a point that almost everyone knows: Trump did.
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The Democrats and many news media say the hearings were full of bombs and smoking weapons. But the smoking weapons were BBs and the bombshells were duds.
In terms of football, Trump deserves a flag for a false start or possibly unnecessary roughness. But the Democrats want to put together all the criminal charges that Trump has earned in three years of his presidency, and they see the Ukrainian call as indisputable proof that the president should be thrown out of the game.
On the other hand, I did not hear anything that would have reached the level of impeachment.
If the Democrats were smart, they would stop the impeachment trial and instead vote to blame the President for his call and his attempts to link an investigation to obtaining military assistance and / or a visit to the Oval Office. I suspect that many Republicans would vote for it.
That would be a non-partisan result.
But the Democrats can not stop. Their hatred of the president, driven by their growing liberal base and the lack of conservative or moderate members, has led to this gigantic waste of time, which will lead to a one-sided, partisan impeachment.
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Democrats do not understand how anyone, especially those who have concerns about the president, can not support the impeachment. They do not accept the view that elections are a better remedy for such problems. We are a republic, if we can keep it, they like to say.
We are also, as the Declaration of Independence states, a nation in which the government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.
The rulers should decide what to do with President Trump, not 218 members and 67 senators, as provided for in the constitution. An election, not an impeachment, is the better way to preserve this republic.
As an occasional Trump critic and occasional Trump supporter, I have an agreement with the Democrats: I will not try to convince them to support the President if they stop persuading me to accuse and convict him.
Ari Fleischer was a White House spokesman in the administration of George W. Bush. Follow him on Twitter: @AraFleischer