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There's a huge leap from a candidate saying "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find Hillary's emails" to a president using his awesome powers to extort a foreign government to help him win an election.
We can't impeach based on anonymous leaks to the press. The allegation, even if deemed urgent and credible by the IC Inspector General, must be corroborated by witnesses or documents. The House must use all available powers to seek that corroboration.
But if the allegation is proven, there is only one remedy. If we hesitate to impeach a president for this, we might as well pass an amendment removing the impeachment clause from the Constitution, and become a popular, not constitutional, republic.
Defeating Trump in 2020 won't itself cure the problem. If a president abuses power and isn't held accountable for that abuse, the example will stand. Anyone who wins an election will be able to act unchecked so long as he/she can keep popular support.
The law in America does not die when bad people violate it. It dies only when good people don't defend it.
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