Letter to the editor: Welch pledges to hold President Trump accountable

Editor’s note: Weybridge resident John-Eric Robinson received this letter from Vermont Congressman Peter Welch in response to Robinson’s letter calling for the impeachment of President Trump. Robinson thought Welch’s response would be of interest to other constituents and asked us to publish it.
Dear Mr. Robinson,
Thank you for getting in touch to express your support for the impeachment of President Trump. I appreciate hearing from you.
It is a mistake, I believe, to view impeachment as a quick, easy, or feasible solution to the many challenges facing the country. The standard for impeachment of a president under the Constitution is appropriately high. A majority vote of the House of Representatives is required to impeach (indict) and a two-thirds majority on the Senate is required to convict. Currently, Republicans hold 248 seats in the 435-member House and 54 seats in the 100-member Senate.
My approach to the Trump presidency is to fiercely fight his alarming, inflammatory, and threatening rhetoric, the targeting of religious or ethnic minorities, and any curtailment of civil liberties. I will vigorously oppose his policies that intensify income inequality, deny climate change, or shred the social safety net. I will work with my colleagues in Congress to propose constructive alternatives that rebuild the middle class, fix the Affordable Care Act, protect our environment, and shore up Medicare and Social Security.
I have called for an independent investigation of the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia and sponsored legislation that requires the President to release his tax returns and eliminate any financial conflicts of interest. I have also cosponsored legislation that would remove Steve Bannon from the National Security Council and overturn the President’s executive order on immigration and refugees.
I’m in this fight with you for the long haul. I will vigorously oppose President Trump’s harmful policies and work to hold him fully accountable for his actions in office.
Peter Welch
Member of Congress

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