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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Oct. 1

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Oct. 1

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Inquiry is just first step in the process

Let us not lose sight of the fact that the House of Representatives determines whether Articles of Impeachment should be promulgated. If they determine sufficient evidence of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the Senate conducts a trial. If the Senate finds guilt, the penalty could be as little as censure, with more severe penalties available. In other words, a House vote does not mean immediate removal from office.
Bruce S. Trachtenberg
Niskayuna


Trump’s supporters ignoring the facts

Columnist Hugh Hewitt on Sept. 27 (“Welcome to Al Capone’s vault. Look familiar?”) was at it again. He followed up his July op-ed, in which Robert Mueller’s testimony was compared to Lee’s failure at Gettysburg and Napoleon’s and Hitler’s failure in Russia, with a new one. President Trump’s conversation with Ukrainian President Zelensky was “a nothingburger.” Fox News and the president staff person Kellyanne Conway have taken the same line. Nothing to it, just Democrats hating the president.
I find it hard to believe that anyone who takes the time to read the full transcript of the conversation between the president and Mr. Zelensky and the whistleblower’s full account wouldn’t have a question or two about the president’s behavior.
Jim Murphy
Scotia


Accusations reflect on the accusers

Often at the point that an accusation is leveled, the accusation is more a reflection of the accuser, rather than a proper characterization of the behavior of the accused. This transference is evident in today’s political environment.
President Trump was accused of colluding with a foreign power to effect the 2016 election, when the Clinton campaign colluded with a foreign power in hiring Fusion GPS to develop opposition research using Russian-gathered intelligence.
As part of the Russian collusion hoax, President Trump was accused of obstruction of justice by not providing documents in a timely manner under subpoena from Congress. Thirty-three-thousand of Secretary of State Clinton’s emails, under subpoena, were deleted.
Most recently, President Trump is suffering through an impeachment inquiry, as he is accused of “strong arming” the president of Ukraine, while Vice President Joe Biden bragged about having the prosecutor removed from his son’s case in Ukraine using “strong armed” tactics. Is there something being missed here?
John P. Summers
Schenectady

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