(President Donald) Trump’s attempt to pressure Ukraine’s president to help him in the 2020 election by investigating one of his potential opponents was a clear signal to the American people that Trump thinks he is above the law. It should also be a clear signal to (members of Congress) that it’s time to hold him accountable and move forward with impeachment as quickly as possible.

Soliciting a foreign government’s help in American elections is an impeachable offense, but it’s even worse that Trump threatened to withhold critical military aid unless Ukraine complied. This is leveraging taxpayer-funded resources for personal gain, plain and simple.

I am tired of seeing those in power play by a different set of rules than everyone else. No wonder public support for impeachment grows every day. If Trump were any other American, he’d already be in jail. The mountain of evidence against Trump has even convinced some high-profile Republicans to come out in support of the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry.

Trump has positioned himself in opposition to everything that makes our democracy worth protecting: the rule of law, constitutional norms, justice and transparency.

That’s why it’s time for lawmakers to stand up and defend our democracy from Trump before it’s too late. No one is above the law, not even the president.

While they continue to focus on important issues like health care and jobs, Congress would do well to swiftly draft articles of impeachment and vote to impeach Donald Trump.

John Wienert

Sandy Springs

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