Please remember your Oath of Office, Congressman Walden

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Dear Congressman Walden.

Most recently on January 2017, you swore to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and “bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” I ask that you be true to your Oath of Office.

The Constitution defines when and how a US President should be subject to impeachment by the House and trial by the Senate (Article II, Section 4). An impeachment inquiry is in progress. Before opening it, the Speaker of the House exercised considerable restraint, relenting only on strong indications of potentially impeachable offense(s). You opposed the inquiry, alleging insufficient information.

I ask that you publicly support the inquiry. Isn’t it how the House gathers such information, Sir?

The US president has continuously interfered with the inquiry, arguably obstructing justice: His verbal and social media language is frequently misleading and often unfit for the Office of President. White House instructions for others to disobey Congressional subpoenas prevent or delay testimony and access to documents deemed necessary.

I ask that you publicly condemn the president’s interference, Sir. Otherwise, wouldn’t you be breaching your Oath to bear “true faith and allegiance” to the Constitution? The House is exercising a Constitutionally mandated oversight duty that you should strongly defend.

The Speaker of the House developed the strategy for the inquiry, as is her prerogative. Democrats and Republicans who are members of three specific House committees are conducting closed-door interviews that inform the inquiry. A more public phase will follow, when prior interview transcripts will become available and all House members can participate. Still, today, some two dozen GOP lawmakers broke into a closed-door meeting, in a protest that defied reason and violated specific security rules regarding electronic equipment.

I ask that you co-sponsor a bipartisan reprimand of those GOP lawmakers. They were egregiously wrong, Sir.

I respect your right to defer judgement on impeachment until all information is available. But I cannot accept your silence, when the Constitution is being disrespected by those who should defend and support it.

Please put country before party, Sir.

— Antonio Baptista


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