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Vail Symposium season spices up with spirited impeachment program

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Contentious would be putting it mildly.

The Vail Symposium took on the topic of impeachment and it was a lively and, at times, feisty conversation. Local attorney Rohn Robbins opened the program providing background information about impeachment and the concerns of lawmakers at the time of the drafting of the Constitution. Of paramount importance to the Founding Fathers was foreign influence in our country and elections and that a president that would be a conduit for that influence through bribery or treason. 

Jeff Blattner, speaking in favor of the impeachment of Donald J. Trump stressed that there is no dispute that the allegations against the president are true–namely, that he refused to cooperate with the House investigation and that he pressured Ukraine to investigate a political rival.

Robert Ray, speaking against impeachment, stressed that no crime was committed and therefore the allegations do not rise to the level of an impeachable offense. Audience polling devices were used and indicated few people changed their minds, with the majority of the audience (80%) favoring impeaching the president and removing him from office. 

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