I’m listening to you opine on impeachment. You start from a position of ignorance, likely by choice.

Let’s look at why it does not surprise me that the Democrats were talking about impeachment from day one, and why they are pushing impeachment now.

This is from Donald Trump in 2015 during the Republican Primary.

Q: You’ve also supported a host of other liberal policies, you’ve also donated to several Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton included, Nancy Pelosi. You explained away those donations saying you did that to get business related favors. And you said recently, quote, when you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.

TRUMP: You better believe it… I will tell you that our system is broken. I gave to many people. Before this, before two months ago, I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And you know what? When I need something from them, two years later, three years later, I call them. They are there for me. And that’s a broken system.

You see, Donald Trump gets things done through bribery. He understands that the system is flawed, and exploited that flaw to achieve his personal goals, which generally had to do with getting rich at the expenses of others, or in gaining the prestige of having a former US President and a sitting senator attend his wedding.

In 2012, Trump spoke out against the Foreign Corrupt Practices act.

In 2012, Donald Trump called the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) “ridiculous” and a “horrible law” that made it more difficult for U.S. companies to compete abroad.1 While President Trump’s private thoughts on the FCPA may not have changed, reportedly telling then-­Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in February 2017 that the FCPA unfairly penalizes American businesses,2 his administration has continued to enforce it at rates comparable to the Obama administration and has provided incentives for companies to comply with the FCPA. Thus, as the numbers below demonstrate, companies doing business outside of the United States should not expect any relief from the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) vigorous enforcement efforts as a result of the president’s reported personal views.

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We understand our system is broken, but many of us still understand there is a difference between trying to do the right thing, and trying to exploit it. That replacing corrupted officials with the corrupting influence is a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Given that we are talking about his admitted behavior, it isn’t a leap to expect his behavior to continue during the presidency.

Incident by incident he has demonstrated that our concerns were well founded.

He has violated his oath of office to protect the Constitution. He has implemented policies which benefit him personally. He has directed foreign money to his personal businesses, and has encouraged the support of foreign powers.

One of the crimes highlighted in Mueller’s report was that he ordered Don McGahn to fire Bob Mueller, which is clear cut obstruction of justice. If it was not for DOJ policy preventing the indictment of a sitting president, I believe charges would have been filed against him.

He refuses to hold Russia accountable for their attempts to interfere with our election.

Based upon his admitted behaviors and views, I’m not surprised to find out that he used all available leverage to force a foreign country to change their behavior. That is Trump’s way.

The only thing that surprises me is that Americans in elected office would not have a problem with this behavior.

You should be ashamed.