Having been the director of the United States Office of Government Ethics gives Walter Shaub a moral authority lacking in mere partisan participants discussing the charges against Donald Trump being mulled by the committees involved in the House of Representatives’ impeachment investigation.
He utilized that keen ethical compass today in a lengthy Twitter thread that warned Senate Republicans of the dangers that they — and the nation — face if they fail to hold the president accountable for the many transgressions against the standards of normal presidential behavior — and the rule of law — once impeachment reaches the likely trial before their chamber of Congress.
Shaub posed the obvious question to GOP leadership of how they would respond if a Democratic president had committed the long list of Trump’s offenses that he enumerated in such detail that he ran out of letters of the alphabet to precede each item included, forcing him to continue the list using double letters to reach its conclusion.
The implications of the former ethics chief’s exhaustive reminder of the scope of the grievances against the president hopefully won’t be lost on a mass of Senate Republicans who appear to value their increasingly tenuous hold on power and self-interest more than constitutional principals or the health of the country’s democracy.
Here is Shaub’s thread in its entirety:
Hopefully, Shaub’s comments will jog the memories of Senate Republicans who may forget that they won’t be in the majority forever and instill in them an impetus to support a set of non-partisan ethical standards that would apply to any officeholder no matter which side of the aisle they are affiliated with.
Given the general state of denial in which the GOP currently seems to have taken up permanent residence, it’s likely that they simply can’t envision the day when they will be voted out of office or else have plans to continue the sorts of political subterfuge that the Trump administration has employed to ensure that the levers of power are only yielded to the opposition from their cold dead hands.
Let’s hope that the Republicans come to their senses before it gets to that.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.