On Nov. 22, I wrote to Congressman Pete Stauber because I felt it was my civic duty. I asked him, after viewing all the testimony that had occurred over the previous two weeks of impeachment proceedings, whether he would vote to bring the impeachment to trial within the Senate.

I pointed out that although others would like to prevaricate and state no crimes were committed, Dr. Fiona Hill’s testimony regarding Ambassador Sondland’s purpose of being involved in a domestic political errand (promoted by President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo) was divergent from the foreign services’ contingent of being involved in national security foreign policy.

Further, I stated that not only did the president’s pursuit of this personal political errand impact us domestically, it had far-reaching consequences internationally. Other countries started shying away from our foreign policies in fear of having parallel political policies imposed on them.

A very good article in The Atlantic magazine, “The Causes for Which a President Can be Impeached,” stated that the highest office in the land should be held to the highest standards.

Congressman Stauber replied to me: “I do not support the impeachment proceedings as they are an attempt to re-litigate the 2016 election. Chairman Schiff is cherry-picking the witnesses, limiting Republican questions, and preventing the President's lawyers from presenting any evidence or arguments.”

Hello? Are you listening?

Paula Matthews

Moose Lake