Obama is not Nixon

08/10/2014 12:08 PM

08/11/2014 12:48 PM

Re "Nixon's resignation holds lessons for Obama" (Viewpoints, Aug. 9): Ben Boychuk's rambling rant against President Obama is clumsy sophistry which any intelligent fifth grader would recognize as a poorly disguised attempt to suggest grounds for impeachment. He suggests the president knew of the IRS discrimination against conservative causes by writing "...although nobody so far has managed to turn up the proverbial 'smoking gun' linking the president to those abuses." The Republicans certainly have made every attempt to link Obama, and they have not and cannot.

He ends his column by suggesting the Obama violated the oath of office by "usurping congressional authority and used the might of the presidency against political foes." He cites no evidence of this, but even if it exists, these are not impeachable offenses.

Richard Nixon committed impeachable offenses by conspiring to commit the Watergate break-in and obstructed justice by covering it up. It was not just a popularity contest which Boychuk suggests.

-- Victor M. Corbett, Chico

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