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Lois Frankel calls for keeping the republic by impeaching

I will tell our grandson that I stood up for democracy, she said.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel argued Wednesday that the U.S. House of Representatives must impeach President Donald Trump to save the republic.

“A republic is a form of government in which the country is considered a public matter, not the private concern or property of the rulers. In a republic, no person is above the law. In a republic, the president may not abuse his power by withholding critical foreign assistance for his own personal political gain. Nor may he stop witnesses from talking,” Frankel said.

Her comments came as other Democrats’ have done throughout several hours of debate Wednesday, as the House prepares to vote Wednesday night on two articles of impeachment against Trump, for abuse of power and for obstruction of Congress.

Meanwhile, Republicans have all disputed that Trump had done anything wrong and denounced the impeachment proceedings as partisan, baseless and wastes of time as each member steps to the podium for comments that have lasted a minute or two per member.

Frankel, of West Palm Beach, said she took an oath to keep the republic, and said that “for our children and our grandchildren we can do nothing less.”

“One day, I will tell our grandson that I stood up for democracy,” she said.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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