April 27, 2018

The Week in Impeachment: This president serves two groups of people. Who stands up for the rest?


President Trump’s incompetence was inadvertently captured this week by White House advisor Kellyanne Conway, who explained to CNN that President Trump stands up for two categories of people:

‪•    His inner circle;
•    People he knows.

It’s “completely not true” that Trump is only loyal to himself, Conway said. “He stands up for people in his inner circle and people he knows when he thinks they are being treated unfairly.”

What about the rest of our country — and the world in which we play a crucial part? Who stands up for people Mr. Trump doesn’t know, affected by his impeachable conduct, which this week included violations of the separation of powers, corruption, interfering with witnesses and other aspects of the administration of justice, oppression, incompetence, and endangerment of our national security? There’s a constitutional clause for that.


First Charge: Violation of the separation of powers


Second Charge: Corruption through personal profiteering


Third Charge: Corruption reflected in the president’s responsibility for the appointment and retention of corrupt officers


Fourth Charge: Interference with the administration of justice, witnessing tampering, deceiving the public


Fifth Charge: Oppression of the free press, racial groups, and immigrants


Sixth Charge: Presidential incompetence and oppression around DACA


Seventh Charge: Presidential incompetence and lying, endangering national security


Conclusion: Who stands up for the people Trump doesn’t know?

This week, the Judiciary stepped up to assert its role in our constitutional system of checks and balances — to speak out against oppressive executive conduct against US cities and the people living in them.

On the other hand, the president remains unchecked in his continued embrace of corrupt appointees and as he interferes with the work—and the witnesses—of the special prosecutor, whose job includes investigating and reporting for possible future action, including possible actions in the criminal justice system and in Congress (which has powers to check the president that include the use of hearings, legislation, and impeachment). The president continues his campaign of oppression against a variety of targets, including the media reporting stories he hates and racial and religious groups he cannot tolerate. The president’s lying and incompetence further endanger our republic.



Barbara Ann Radnofsky is a mother, wife, teacher, mediator and arbitrator. A lawyer since 1979, she was the first woman Texas Democratic U.S. Senate nominee and later the first woman Texas Democratic Attorney General nominee. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Houston and the University of Texas School of Law, she was honored as the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas in 1988 and has been listed for more than 25 years in “Best Lawyers in America" in multiple areas. She lives in Houston, where she is one of many co-owners of the Brazos Bookstore, and is the author of A Citizen’s Guide to Impeachment, available now. Follow her at @TXBarbaraAnn!