• Michael McGowan

I Hold You in Contempt

Updated: Oct 2, 2019

The independence of journalism and the independence of the legislative branch are at tremendous risk. The president has a duty to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. This president has ignored the First Article of the Constitution by ignoring what Congress has passed. And in so ignoring Congress he has thus ignored the First Amendment of the Constitution because last October the Senate gave Trump a deadline to investigate the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

In 2016 Trump said, “I want to protect Article I, Article II, Article XII — go down the list.”

I'm sure he was referencing the amendments to the Constitution, but let's give him a brief civics lesson.


The president must promise to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Even though he can't tell the difference between an article and an amendment he has turned his back on both.

We know that Trump has had a hate-hate relationship with the press and this hatred has only been shown through the murder of a journalist that has resided here since 2017. Trump's failure to have an investigation of Jamal Khashoggi as requested by Congress further shows Trump's either contempt of the Constitution or his weakness in upholding the values of the United States of America.

An administration statement said Mr Trump "maintains his discretion to decline to act on congressional committee requests when appropriate". Sure, the president might have discretion to act on a request, however if the premeditated murder of a journalist is not appropriate I fear for the independence of Congress, the independence of a free press, the independence of a free citizenry and this country's standing as a nation of Justice in the world.

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