On the 2nd Impeachment of Trump
There are a number of things that don’t ring true when it comes to the powers of impeachment given solely to the House of Representatives. In our nation’s history no American president has ever been forced from office due to impeachment.
There have been six times in our history where Congress has held serious discussions of impeachment.
- Andrew Johnson was impeached but acquitted in the Senate and remained in office.
- Congress introduced a resolution to impeach John Tyler but that resolution failed.
- Congress began debating impeaching Richard Nixon until he resigned.
- William J. Clinton was impeached but was acquitted in the Senate and remained in office.
- Donald J. Trump was impeached but was acquitted in the Senate and remained in office.
- Donald J. Trump was impeached just prior to completing his term in office and is to be tried in the Senate as a private citizen.
I was watching a live interview with former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on CSPAN this afternoon and when asked if President Trump’s remarks at the MEGA rally on January 6th did in his opinion fire up the crowd as the media has reported and warrant impeachment for causing insurrection into the Capitol?
It was Sean’s answer that brought things into focus. First he said that before answering that question you must first answer these questions:
Is it constitutional to impeach a President who is no longer in office?
Did his remarks at the rally constitute an impeachable offense?
What is the remedy of impeachment?
Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution says, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
Let’s look at the “crimes” in the case made by the House Managers:
At the rally on January 6th President Trump fired up his supporters into an angry mob and told them to fight Congress to make their voices heard. – Loosely paraphrased by me.
What the President said:
We will go peacefully to let Congress hear our voice. – Loosely paraphrased by me.
So with mere days before the end of President Trump’s term in office the House exercised their full authority under the Constitution to impeach him because he wouldn’t resign and had committed no crime. Remember what happened to President Nixon who was caught up in Watergate and did in fact resign because Congress was discussing impeachment.
So let’s go back to Sean Spicer’s questions – what is the remedy impeachment is supposed to “fix” – according to the Constitution the Senate votes to convict and can vote to remove the President from office.
Once again in their rush to judgement the House Judiciary Committee discussed and forwarded a resolution stating impeachment was warranted and hastily brought it before the floor for a full vote knowing full well that there were only days before the President’s term of office would end. Their goal was to get the Senate to convict, remove from office and prevent the President from holding elected office ever again.
Not to be morbid but it’s like the government taxing a dead man and taking his suit before sealing the casket shut.
So hateful are the Democratic and RINO members of Congress toward former President Trump they will place him in history as the only President to be impeached twice, acquitted once and have his second impeachment declared unconstitutional at the same time. It may be time for House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader to go back and take a second look at Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution as it applies equally to them.
Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution says, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” [Emphasis mine]
The ground rules have been set for the trial phase in the Senate and we are all in for what will be another Congressional circus. – I am The Real Truckmaster!