Keeping in mind how the founders saw high crimes and misdemeanors, it is evident from Comey’s testimony that Trump obstructed justice, if that is simply viewed as abusing the power of his office.
It may be evident to you. It is certainly not evident to many, MANY others.
Isn’t trying to derail the FBI’s investigation of Michael Flynn “not prosecuting cases?”
Define “derail”. The direct testimony is that Trump made a whimsical statement about hoping the Flynn matter could be put to bed. That’s hardly “derailing”. There was no veiled threat, no destruction of evidence, not even a Trumpian angry rant. If that’s “obstruction” then dozens of elected legislators are guilty, and have been during every Administration since the founding of the Republic.
Isn’t it an abuse of the public trust when the president’s job is to faithfully execute the laws, not undermine them by doing a favor for a crony?
“Doing a favor for a crony” is a debatable conclusion not backed by evidence. You may BELIEVE that is what was occurring, but your belief does not make it true. Something like THAT is for a judge and jury to decide, which of course cannot happen because Trump is the sitting President.
If you are an originalist and a Republican, ask yourself what would Hamilton say?
We would say that Hamilton was by far the least dependable of the Framers vis a vis his views on government, but then we’d point out that the matter is moot anyway. “High crimes and misdemeanors” means that the President can be impeached for littering, if the Congress is inclined to impeach. Congress is not inclined to impeach, and will never be inclined to impeach, unless Trump’s supporters support impeachment. Impeachment is a political decision, not a legal one.
And remember the standard for finding Trump unfit to serve is not beyond a reasonable doubt by a unanimous jury, but two thirds of Senators voting, based on whether Trump is fit to serve. He isn’t.
And yet, he remains the President.