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Suggestion: 2nd 100 days

resign before impeachment

by William Gibson White



            Upfront let me say, I've always favored the Democratic Party mainly because of my father. He figured President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) kept us from starving during the Great Depression. Out of desperation, we happened to be living with grandma on her farm when FDR came to Hot Springs on June 10, 1936, the day after my sixth birthday. Daddy carried me mostly on his back the three miles to Bathhouse Row to make sure I saw "the greatest man in the world." FDR was a rich man with a heart who cared about people.

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            Look what we have for a President today: Our Tweeter-in-Chief (OTIC) —just another rich egotist who bought the office in our "democracy" for his amusement thinking it was another reality show. Well, so far, it has been for him, and we are approaching the best part. He might be intelligent, but he's not too smart. You don't bad-mouth the FBI and NSA while running for president and expect these agencies to look kindly on your relationships with our long-time enemy Russia when you get the job.

            Or accuse legitimate newspapers of fake news. Insulting my old employer, The Washington Post, wasn't clever either. I was there when Nixon faced impeachment and possible prison, but he was smart enough to resign. More mature and intelligent than the present resident—Nixon was pardoned by President Ford.

            If I really cared to let Republicans off the hook and save face, I'd have to say OTIC was a Democrat long before his deal with the Republican Party. Then, using his money and the idiotic Electoral College he stole the election. Like JFK and George W., he was not elected President by a majority of voting citizens.  With much help from his father, OTIC might have become a billionaire real estate broker, but our country does not need to be made "great again" as proven by the number of immigrants wanting in.

            Meanwhile, our Justice Department has appointed Robert Mueller III, a former FBI director, as special counsel to oversee its examination of possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia.

            Hopefully, this committee will force OTIC to explain just what exactly is his relationship with Putin and the Russian government. Hillary called him "Putin's puppet" during her "failed" presidential campaign.

            Was Hillary right?

            A recent New York Times story reported OTIC told Russian officials in the Oval Office that firing the FBI. Director, James B. Comey, had relieved "great pressure" on him.

            "I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job," said OTIC, according to the document, which was read to the newspaper by an American official. He added, "I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off. I'm no longer under investigation."

            OTIC has admitted sharing Israeli intelligence about ISIS with the Russians.

            And the news media reports an unnamed White House person close to the President is a "person of interest" in whatever investigation is going on.

            Plus, USA TODAY reports fired FBI Director James B. Comey has agreed to testify in an open session before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence after Memorial Day.

            "I hope that former Director Comey's testimony will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the President," said Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the committee's vice chairman. "I also expect that Director Comey will be able to shed light on issues critical to this Committee's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Director Comey served his country with honor for many years, and he deserves an opportunity to tell his story. Moreover, the American people deserve an opportunity to hear it."

            So it's past time for the Republican Party to admit their mistake and yell in unision: "YOU'RE FIRED!"

            Of course, a President Pence will keep OTIC out of prison with a pardon, but he will have one hell of a bruised ego while writing a book titled: "The Art of Blaming Everything on Democrats."

            I'm glad I voted for Hillary.



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