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"A Debate: Should President Donald J. Trump be Impeached?"

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A Debate: Should President Donald J. Trump be Impeached?"

Two and a half years after his inauguration, political partisans and the news media are consumed by the question of whether or not the president should be impeached.

Democratic partisans, particularly those in the progressive wing of the party and their congressional supporters, contend that the president’s actions and the contents of the Mueller Report prove that the president has committed impeachable offenses, and that even if the Senate acquits the president, it is their duty to bring an impeachment vote to the House of Representatives.

Republican partisans and their supporters in congress and the Trump administration, claim that the Democrats are over-reaching and that there are no grounds for impeachment. Almost certainly, the Republican controlled Senate, which must adjudicate any finding of impeachable offenses brought by the House, would acquit the president.

However, impeachment is a political, not a legal process.  There is no definition of what constitutes “high crimes and misdemeanors.” It is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives says it is. And yet, each of their members represents about 700,000 constituents. How do they feel about the issue?  Current polling indicates that they don’t seem to care much. Issues like the economy, health care and immigration rank well above impeachment as important issues in recent polls.  Even if the president broke, or breaks the law, should impeachment proceed without a clear majority of support by the general public?

The Columbia Basin Badger Club will present two local attorney’s with opposing political backgrounds. 


Patrick D. McBurney, Jr. graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 1988 with a B.A. in Political Science. He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1992 with a J.D. from the College of Law. His law practice specializes in Bankruptcy & Insolvency, Divorce & Family Law, Criminal Defense, Wills & Estates. He served as chairman of the Benton County Republican Party for six years. He was 2016 candidate for the Washington Court of Appeals. He ran against incumbent Judge George Fearing.

Douglas McKinley, a Richland attorney with over 25 years of experience ranging from complex civil and criminal cases in the state and federal courts to patent prosecution in the USPTO. During his career in the Tri-Cities, Mr. McKinley has litigated matters in the US Court of Federal Claims, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, various United States District Courts throughout the United States, and the Superior and District Courts of Benton, Franklin, Yakima and King Counties.  He has represented clients ranging from individuals and local technology startup companies to the region's largest employer, PNNL. 

Mr. McKinley taught business law and finance for ten years at the WSU Tri-Cities branch campus, holds two Bachelor of Science degrees and an MBA from the University of Utah, and a law degree from the Willamette College of Law. Active in local Democratic politics, McKinley was his party’s top vote-getter in the Fourth Congressional District against incumbent Dan Newhouse in 2016.

Mr. McKinley and his wife raised four sons in the Tri-Cities, all of whom were born in Kadlec Hospital and graduated from Richland High, and three of whom are currently attending WSU in Pullman.  Go Bombers!  Go Cougs!

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM
New Riverfront Hotel
Former Shilo Inn
50 Comstock Street
Richland, WA  99352

Pat Turner
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