Late last week, I sent to our network a copy of our Principles for Government. The fundamental principle recommended is that public office is a public trust.
Since then, the leading news story out of Washington, D.C. has been efforts to impeach Donald Trump as President and remove him from office.
The constitutional framework for this action is the very same concept which grounds the principles – an office is a trust. Therefore, holders of office will be held accountable for breaches of trust.
The statement of this principle in the article of impeachment proposed to be tabled in the U.S. House of Representatives with respect to Donald Trump’s conduct in office reads:
In all of this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government. He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power and imperiled a coordinate branch of government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.