There’s a great deal of confusion among American voters about impeachment and removal from office…
And the media isn’t helping to clear it up.
Because it’s their intent to keep voters confused so they will lose confidence in:
- President Trump’s integrity
- The president’s ability to govern and lead the country
- The legitimacy of democratic elections
- The legitimacy of the Electoral College
- The belief that their individual vote can make a difference
Here are 10 things you should consider that the media isn’t telling you:
1. What IS impeachment?
In general, impeachment is the action of calling into question the integrity or the validity of something – such as when an attorney impeaches the character of a witness during a court trial.
In politics, impeachment is the process by which a legislative body levels formal charges against a government official.
ANY government official –both elected and appointed – can be impeached…
Throughout U.S. history, most impeachment proceedings have been against judges.
2. Impeachment and removal from office are not the same. They are two different actions.
Many people believe impeachment and removal from office take place at the same time … but they do not occur simultaneously.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has been chanting “Impeach 45!” since November 2017. What she really wants is for President Trump – the 45th president – to be forcibly removed from office.
Impeachment can lead to removal from office … however, removal from office requires more than impeachment.
3. Impeachment takes place ONLY in the House of Representatives. The Senate does NOT vote to impeach.
Impeachment can be compared to an indictment by a grand jury. It’s a formal charge of wrongdoing that the “grand jury” – the House of Representatives – believes should be prosecuted by bringing the charges to a legal court trial.
If you’d like to read the relevant passages from the Constitution about impeachment, click here. Read the following passages:
- Article I, Section 2, Paragraph 5
- Article I, Section 3, Paragraphs 6 and 7
- Article II, Section 4
We wrote about what impeachment IS and when it should be used here. If you missed that article, I encourage you to review it.
4. Removal from office occurs ONLY if the Senate convicts the government official of the charges for which he was impeached by the House.
Here’s where most of the confusion about impeachment lies…
The Senate does not vote to impeach. That has already been done in the House of Representatives. The Senate votes to either convict or acquit.
A two-thirds majority vote in the Senate is required for conviction – resulting in removal from office…
Each article of impeachment –each charge of wrongdoing – is voted on separately by the Senate.
Think about what this means. The majority of U.S. Senators may vote to convict the president and remove him from office … but if the majority is only one vote short of a two-thirds majority, the president is acquitted and remains in office.
5. There are 3 valid reasons for impeaching a president according to the Constitution.
To be impeached, a president must be charged with one of the following:
- High Crimes and Misdemeanors
Treason is clearly defined in Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution.
Bribery – the giving of something of value to influence the conduct of the recipient – is not specifically defined in the Constitution but is easily understood.
High crimes and misdemeanors is not defined in the Constitution; however, the Founders … and Congress … have shed light on what the term means.
For example, in Federalist 65, Alexander Hamilton noted that impeachment could be based on “the misconduct of public men, or in other words from the abuse or violation of some public trust.”
In the past, Congress has identified three general types of conduct that could constitute grounds for impeachment:
- improperly exceeding or abusing the powers of the office
- behavior incompatible with the function and purpose of the office
- misusing the office for an improper purpose or for personal gain
6. What “impeachable offense” has President Trump committed?
President Trump has been accused of all three of the above types of conduct…
House Democrat politicians have accused the president of “demanding” that President Zelensky of Ukraine investigate Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden … and that he withheld promised military aid to the Ukrainian government until the investigation began.
This is the essence of the “quid pro quo” narrative the media and the politicians keep repeating over and over … and over again.
There are just a few problems with this narrative:
- The president of Ukraine says there was no “quid pro quo” expressed by President Trump. In fact, he said President Trump exerted no pressure on him at all to open an investigation of the Bidens.
- The military aid was not withheld. It was temporarily delayed while President Trump (a) asked other European countries to step up and join the U.S. in helping Ukraine, and (b) verified that Ukraine was acting to curb corruption within its government – which he is required by law to do.
- The military aid was released by the end of the U.S. government’s fiscal year … which ended September 30th – without any investigative action of the Ukrainian government.
- President Zelensky didn’t even know the military aid had not already been sent. The aid wasn’t even mentioned during the so-called “smoking-gun-impeachable” phone call?
- There can’t possible be a “quid pro quo” when the “quo” isn’t even a part of the phone conversation!
The frantic Democrat politicians – and their media cheerleaders and narrative-boosters – are ignoring these facts…
And they are hoping the American voters are ignoring them also.
7. Has the impeachment inquiry of President Trump been a fair process or has it been politically motivated?
The process of impeachment in the House is determined by House rules…
Unfortunately for Republicans, the Democrat politicians get to make the rules since they control the House … and all committees in the House.
In past presidential impeachment inquiries (Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton), the full House first voted to authorize a committee or committees – usually the House Judiciary Committee – to conduct the inquiry.
Past presidential impeachment inquiries have been open and public, with:
- The president’s legal team allowed to be present
- Both the chairman of the committee and the ranking member of the committee having subpoena power to compel witnesses to testify
- All members of the committee from the opposition party allowed to cross-examine witnesses
- Transcripts of the entire proceedings – not selected excerpts – made available to all members of the House … and to the public
In the President Trump impeachment inquiry, none of the above due process requirements have been met – at least not yet.
So far, this impeachment inquiry clearly has been a partisan Democrat smear attack on President Trump … designed to cast doubt in the minds of voters about whether he can or should be reelected in 2020.
8. The impeachment of President Trump sets a terrible historical precedent.
President Trump has released the transcript of the phone call with the president of Ukraine.
All of the testimony interpreting the phone call as a “quid pro quo” is hearsay.
If President Trump is impeached based on hearsay, it sets a terrible precedent for future presidents.
Because in the future, every time the political party controlling the House opposes the policies of the president, they can drum up articles of impeachment based on “abuse of power” or “obstruction of justice.”
These will most likely be the two articles of impeachment levied against President Trump…
They are broad terms that can be defined however the House Rules Committee wants to define them.
9. The impeachment of President Trump is horrible for international relations.
If a future president can be under impeachment – or under the threat of impeachment – simply because the opposition party controlling the House disagrees with his policies, think what this means:
- Future presidents will have no credibility in dealing with foreign governments in matters of trade and treaties.
- Foreign powers will therefore run roughshod over U.S. interests, knowing that the U.S. Congress will impeach the president if he does anything it disagrees with.
10. The impeachment is all about politics and the 2020 election.
Bottom line, the impeachment inquiry is a huge charade … and a waste of time and taxpayer dollars…
The Democrat politicians in the House know that if they impeach President Trump, he will be acquitted in the Senate and will remain in office.
So why bother?
Because the Democrat politicians don’t care that they will lose.
They think losing the impeachment battle will help them win in 2020…
It’s all a part of their 2020 election strategy…
They know they can’t defeat President Trump on the economy…
They know they can’t defeat him on foreign policy…
Their only hope of defeating him is to tarnish his image and reputation so badly that voters will be intimidated into not voting for him in 2020.
“How can you vote for a president who has been impeached?” will be the central theme of the 2020 advertising campaign for the Democrat National Committee.
“How can you vote for someone who is guilty of abuse of power and obstruction of justice?” they will say over and over … and over again.
They will tell you he is guilty and that he should have been removed from office … which would have prevented him from even running for reelection.
He will be vilified as an illegitimate candidate.
The Democrat politicians are willing to tear the country apart and damage our national security just so they can regain power –hopefully – in 2020 and prevent President Trump from serving a second term.
Ken Starr –
the special independent counsel who investigated the Bill Clinton-Monica
Lewinsky scandal and brought articles of impeachment against President
Clinton in 1998 – says, “Impeachment is hell.”
He believes it’s a wrenching experience to put the American people through … and Congress should be very hesitant to resort to it.
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz – a lifelong Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter in 2016 – never has and still does not support the impeachment of President Trump.
He has written a book, The Case Against Impeaching President Trump.
Watch this video of Dershowitz arguing that impeaching Trump would put Congress above the law (3 ¾ minutes).
Watch this short video clip of Ken Starr warning that Congress should be very careful and cautious in deciding to impeach the President of the United States (37 seconds).
Watch this video in which Tucker Carlson breaks down the real “impeachable offense” for which establishment politicians want to remove President Trump from office: he disagrees with the political establishment’s foreign policy goals with respect to Russia and Ukraine (5 ¾ minutes).
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