Congress, act! Our very democracy is at stake

On May 29, Special Counsel Robert Mueller held his first public statement in two years since starting his investigation, and it was remarkable: “If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”

Now that Mueller has said his hands were and are tied, it’s up to Congress to continue on the path toward holding President Donald Trump accountable. This isn’t about impeaching Trump before 2020, it’s about upholding the tenets of congressional responsibility and showing Trump that he is not above the law.

All of our neighbors must call on our members of Congress to do two things: sign on to Rep. Rashida Tliab’s impeachment resolution and continue to pressure the House speaker to begin proceedings immediately.

Trump said, “I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected.” Maybe it’s time to get serious about making sure Russia doesn’t do it again in 2020. It deserves a response from Congress. Even Senate Republicans are demanding it. Sen. Lindsey Graham has used his Judiciary Committee to unanimously approve two elections security bills to the floor. But one key figure is standing in the way: Mitch McConnell.

Our democracy is at stake!

MARY O’NEILL,

Presque Isle