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. …
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.
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.”
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.