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Amend the process

Our great country has endured three years of endless investigations and inquisitions while the Democrats have tried, in vain, to find a crime with which they might impeach the president.

So, they ended up settling on a couple of articles of impeachment that do not involve any crime. This is in conflict with the requirements set out in our Constitution. We should never have to go through this sort of charade again, regardless of which party is in control.

Amendment XXVIII could take care of that. If we amend our Constitution so that before beginning an impeachment of the president, a two-thirds vote of approval in the entire House of Representatives is required. That would pretty much ensure that any impeachment is done in a bipartisan manner. It might also require that prior to a vote in the House, the articles of impeachment must be examined by a federal court to ensure that they comply with the requirements spelled out in the Constitution. The president shall have the right to due process, including the right to face their accuser and to cross examine all witnesses. They are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. No impeachment attempt may be sent to the Senate until a vote by the entire house is passed by a two-thirds majority.

In the future, this might save millions of taxpayer dollars being wasted on endless investigations and inquisitions, to say nothing about crippling the Congress as far as getting any meaningful legislation done.

Tom Clark

Washington, W.Va.

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