Rep. Mitchell: ‘Impeachment is not an alternative to elections’

    Paul Mitchell (left) and Donald Trump (right)

    Retiring U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden) still doesn’t back impeachment hearings.

    On Sunday, he posted on Facebook an editorial opposing the process against President Donald Trump from the conservative Pittsburgh Post-Gazette titled, “Trust the process; trust the people.”

    This editorial reflects my perspective. Impeachment is not an alternative to elections. …

    Posted by Rep. Paul Mitchell on Sunday, September 29, 2019

    The editorial doesn’t debate the merits of probing Trump for asking the Ukrainian government to investigate 2020 presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden, but argues that the president’s fate should be decided by voters:

    We have a defined democratic process. We have a constitutional process. We have to have some faith in both, over the arc of history.

    Meanwhile we have already begun another presidential election cycle, and voters will begin voting in a little over 16 weeks.

    No to impeachment. Trust the process; trust the people.

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    Mitchell writes, “This editorial reflects my perspective. Impeachment is not an alternative to elections.” All seven Democratic members of Michigan’s congressional delegation back a formal inquiry, as does U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.).

    Mitchell did vote for House Resolution 576 releasing the full whistleblower complaint to Congress, which passed last week on a 421-0 vote.

    “Our actions here in Congress should be based on a full evaluation of facts, not hearsay, media reporting, or incomplete information,” Mitchell said in a statement. “That’s why I voted today to support the law that requires transmission of the full whistleblower complaint to the relevant committees in Congress – a task the Administration fulfilled earlier this afternoon. I urge my colleagues and the American public to await all the facts before leaping to their preferred conclusion.”

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    The congressman announced in July he would not run for a third term representing his deep red district representing Macomb County and the Thumb.

    “It appears to me that rhetoric overwhelms policy, and politics consumes much of the oxygen in this city,” Mitchell said at the time.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.


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