Opinion | Would the G.O.P. Vote to Convict Trump?

To the Editor:

Re “The Inevitability of Impeachment,” by Elizabeth Drew (Op-Ed, Dec. 29):

I have always admired Ms. Drew for her political acumen in writing about Washington. However, in suggesting that congressional Republicans might act to help remove President Trump from office, Ms. Drew is allowing hope to overcome reality.

Aside from occasional rebukes to the president, congressional Republicans have resolutely refused to criticize him for his lying, for his denigration of anyone who disagrees with him, and for his policies, which have isolated this country from its allies.

So to expect these Republicans to suddenly help usher President Trump out of office is to expect them to demonstrate some spine and concern for the well-being of the country — something they have thus far refused to do.

Dorian Bowman
Cambridge, Mass.

To the Editor:

Thank you, Elizabeth Drew, for a glimmer of hope regarding impeachment. For the first time I feel there is hope that enough Republicans will finally do their job and put the country ahead of party. Their power is now diminished, President Trump’s behavior continues to be erratic. and his lack of leadership before the world will finally force them to seek self-preservation.

The pardoning of Richard Nixon sent the message to people like Mr. Trump that they are above the law. That act contributed to the mess we are in now.

Walter L. LaMance
Monroe, Ohio

To the Editor:

For those of us who are frightened by President Trump’s seemingly irrational and harmful decisions, which go against the advice of experts and are not discussed with the underlings nominally in charge, the thought of impeachment is natural.

The problem with Mr. Trump is that he is still in campaign mode and has never started to govern seriously. Governing requires immersing oneself in reading intelligence reports, serious discussions with the experts whom presidents have relied on in the past, learning broadly beyond what Fox News and Sean Hannity consider important. It would help if the president relished reading and intelligent discussion.

But our president is too busy campaigning to waste time on thinking. Superficial thinking suffices for the gut thinker, whose quick decisions are impulses subject to quick change. All around Mr. Trump, venerable institutions are belittled and have become the enemy — the news media, the F.B.I. and the whole intelligence apparatus.

Ah, the contemplation of the probably unattainable impeachment and conviction.

Simon Raskin
Spring Valley, N.Y.

To the Editor:

Elizabeth Drew rejects the “conventional view” and posits that the Senate might muster 67 votes to convict President Trump, if a Democratic House impeaches him.

In so doing, Ms. Drew assumes that the Senate would hold a trial if the House referred articles of impeachment to it. Anyone paying attention over the last two years knows full well that the majority leader, Mitch McConnell, might have other ideas.

Just ask Judge Merrick Garland.

Bill Schrier
Marina, Calif.
The writer is a lawyer and a high school government and politics teacher.

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