A Plea for Republican Lawmakers to Cease Enabling Trump’s War on Democratic Norms

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA): An open letter to my Republican colleagues

 In his letter, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, makes an eloquent, fact-based statement of the danger Donald Trump poses to the very fabric of our democracy—and how Republican silence about that danger can no longer be tolerated.

Schiff has produced one of the best summaries of Trump’s disastrous presidency yet written, followed by a plea for an end to Republican complicity, based on morality and common sense, untainted by a whiff of partisan politics.

We urge Georgia Republicans to sign on to his proposed remedies—or tell us why they cannot.

Here are excerpts from his letter:

“This is a moment of great peril for our democracy.”

“At last week’s Munich Security Conference, the prevailing sentiment among our closest allies is that the United States can no longer be counted on to champion liberal democracy or defend the world order we built.”

Schiff goes on to ask, who has led us to:

  • Distrust our own intelligence agencies or the FBI.
  • View our own free press as an enemy of the people.
  • Undermine the independence of the Justice Department or denigrate judges.

He provides the answer: “One force stands out..I speak, of course, of our president, Donald Trump.”

“..You should be deeply troubled by the president’s intent to obtain (the border wall) through a plainly unconstitutional abuse of power.”

More in sorrow than in anger, Schiff notes Republican silence when Trump:

  • Attacked the independence of the Justice Department by intervening in a case in which he is implicated
  • Attacked the press as the enemy of the people
  • Targeted the judiciary, labeling judges and decisions he didn’t like as illegitimate

“And now he comes for Congress, the first branch of government, seeking to strip it of its greatest power, that of the purse.”

“The time for silent disagreement is over. You must speak out.”

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