Thomas Howard: ‘The people have got to know...’


Some interesting news came out of Washington D.C. early last week when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called for an impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump. The justification behind her call came from a whistleblower, someone inside the government, who claimed Trump had asked the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden, a front-runner in the democratic race to challenge Trump in the 2020 election.

From what I’ve been reading, seeing and hearing, it seems views on the impeachment investigation is split mainly along party lines. Democrats want Trump impeached. Republicans don’t.

Already it appears the fine line between impeachment investigations and impeachment are being blurred by partisan politics and what my grandfather fondly refers to as the “talking heads” on cable television. However, it’s important to differentiate between the two.

Regardless of how our representatives feel about impeachment, I think it’s a good thing to open an investigation. Maybe it’s my journalism background, but I hold true to the old saying, “Truth will out.”

The whistleblowers claims do not paint the picture of Trump acting as the commander and chief of the United States of America should behave, and the rhetoric coming from the Republican side of the isle seems to be more about attacking their Democrat peers than responding to the accusations.

While Democrats may be tempted to look for impeachment and Republicans tempted to look for ways to discredit the investigation as a “witch hunt,” I encourage both parties, our representatives from Mississippi and the people to instead look for the truth.

To quote another president who found himself in the hot seat, “the people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.”

I hope our elected representatives will use this investigation as an opportunity to look not for political talking points but for the truth. I hope they will give the American people the answers they deserve.

Thomas Howard is the managing editor of The Newton County Appeal. He can be reached at