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We don’t know anything new about the 45th president after Thursday’s release of the 448-page Mueller Report. I haven’t taken the time to read it, you?

There may never be time to read the report as it is expected to confirm what we already know: Donald J. Trump and associates are crooked as a three dollar bill.

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, subpoenaed a copy of the unredacted report within hours of Attorney General William Barr’s Thursday press conference. In Washington, the move was expected.

In July 1974, a high school friend was interning in Washington, D.C. when the U.S. House filed articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon. He brought a copy of the documents back to Iowa to show us. Key Republicans met with Nixon and convinced him to resign before he was impeached. The difference between 1974 and today is Republican leaders Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) seem unlikely to call for Trump’s resignation. If the U.S. House of Representatives impeaches President Trump, as long as McConnell is Senate Majority Leader there will be no conviction, even if there is a trial as there was with President Bill Clinton.

The American people will determine the fate of the president at the polls during the Nov. 3, 2020 general election if he’s not removed from office before then. Despite his shady activities and transgressions of political norms he could be re-elected.

What’s a gardener to do? Make sure the Congress follows the constitutional process.

What makes this tough is the likelihood the process won’t reach the desired result of removing the president and everyone knows it. What does make sense is following the constitutional process, which begins with hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Much as I dislike it, I need to refresh my memory on the constitution.

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