Some readers wrote to express sharp disagreement with the letter and disappointment in the L.A. Times for publishing it. This wasn’t the only submission that compared the win-at-all-costs Astros to Trump, and as the editor who decides what letters get published I’m always on the lookout for unconventional but not beyond-the-pale opinions on familiar topics. To me, the letter was fair game for print. … [Read more...] about Opinion: It’s insane to link Trump to the Astros cheating scandal, readers say
Not at all. Black wrote: “In voting on each article of impeachment, each senator, acting in a capacity combining those of judge and jury, is registering his best judgment ‘on the facts’ and ‘on the laws.’ This means that he is answering two questions together: ‘Did the president do what he is charged in this article with having done? If he did, did that action constitute an impeachable offense within the meaning of the constitutional phrase?’” … [Read more...] about Opinion: Senators at Trump’s impeachment trial aren’t impartial ‘jurors.’ But they’re not supposed to be partisan hacks
Such a speed-driven narrowing of the inquiry would be a fundamental error. It would trivialize the role of the House of Representatives in the Grand Inquest of the Nation, as the founders called impeachment. It would deny the American people a comprehensive case for the president’s removal, and forgo the national civics lesson that an all-encompassing indictment of the president would provide, an indictment that could and should define and refine the standards and ethics the nation expects from its supreme leader. … [Read more...] about Opinion: Impeaching Trump on the phone call alone won’t go far enough
I think the country will be far better off if the House doesn’t drag us through what’s sure to be a bitter and divisive impeachment. Yet the notes released Wednesday morning cry out for some kind of corrective response from the legislative branch. So it makes sense for the House to find out as much as it can about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine — not just what happened on the call, but what his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has been saying to Ukrainian officials in the name of the U.S. government, and what steps Trump has directed actual U.S. officials (such as Atty. Gen. William Barr) to take in pursuit of the Bidens. … [Read more...] about Opinion: Can Democrats keep their impeachment eyes on Ukraine? Or will they go fishing?
Republicans believe Democrats simply never got over losing the 2016 election and have been casting about since then — frantically, desperately — for a way to make it all go away as soon as possible. Hence the obsession with Russia (he couldn’t win without their help, you know), and now the obsession with Ukraine (he can’t win again without Ukraine’s help on Joe Biden, you know). … [Read more...] about Op-Ed: No, Republicans aren’t hypocrites. We just don’t see impeachment the way Democrats do