This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog.
Impeachment mania is reaching a fever pitch in Washington, and as I reported a couple of days ago, the Democrats are hoping to have articles of impeachment ready for a House vote around Thanksgiving. But in order to impeach the president of the United States, you need to have an impeachable offense first, and even if everything that is being alleged is 100 percent true there is simply no impeachable offense in this case.
In recent days there has been a lot of talk about “the integrity of our elections” and Donald Trump has been accused of “betraying his oath of office”, but top Democrats never seem to publicly bring up any specific law that Trump has violated. The U.S. Constitution sets a high standard for impeaching the president, and unless that standard is met, impeachment proceedings should not go forward. Some progressive writers have attempted to suggest that Trump is guilty of bribery, extortion, obstruction of justice or a campaign finance violation, but none of those crimes comes anywhere close to fitting the facts of this case. Democrats may have been offended by what Trump said during his call with the president of Ukraine, but being offended is not enough to impeach someone.
Just as Trump is commander in chief of the U.S. military, so also is he the top law enforcement official in the land. And as the top law enforcement official, it is entirely appropriate for him to go after corruption wherever it is found.
Joe Biden and his son were clearly involved in some very shady things in Ukraine, and there is nothing wrong with Trump encouraging the president of Ukraine to look into those things.
Considering the current political climate in Washington, it may not have been the most advisable thing to do, but Trump certainly did not break any law.
And if the Republican Party was 100 percent united behind Trump, this entire saga would go away very quickly. Once Democrats realized that there was zero chance of a successful vote in the Senate, the momentum toward impeachment would completely fizzle out.
But that isn’t happening. In fact, a Republican member of the House just announced that he is publicly supporting the impeachment inquiry…
Rep. Mark Amodei supports the House’s inquiry into whether President Donald Trump should be impeached, but is withholding judgment on whether Trump has crossed the legal line.
“Let’s put it through the process and see what happens,” Amodei, the only Republican in the state’s congressional delegation, said on a call Friday with reporters, adding that he believes Congress is justified to look into the matter.
“I’m a big fan of oversight, so let’s let the committees get to work and see where it goes,” he added.
And this comes on the heels of two Republican governors coming out in favor of it as well…
Two Republican governors recently announced they are in favor of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, which makes them the very first members of the Republican Party to publicly voice support for the investigation.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott was the first GOP chief executive to throw his support behind the impeachment proceedings, saying he is not surprised by the president’s alleged actions. However, Scott warned Democrats to stay focused on the facts. He emphasized that the inquiry needs to be objective and should not be based on political motivations surrounding the upcoming election.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said that he also supports a congressional investigation into President Trump.
In addition, Republican presidential candidate William Weld is making headlines all over the world by suggesting that President Trump deserves the death penalty…
The former Massachusetts Governor said that President Donald Trump’s ‘acts of treason’ in allegedly pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden deserved the death penalty.
During an interview on MSNBC’S Morning Joe, he claimed: ‘Talk about pressuring a foreign country to interfere with and control a U.S. election, it couldn’t be clearer.
‘And that’s not just undermining Democratic institutions, that is treason. It’s treason pure and simple and the penalty for treason under the U.S. code is death.’
Is he serious?
Personally, I don’t think that Weld even understands the definition of “treason”, and he should be completely and utterly ashamed of himself for suggesting such a thing.
In the end, what is really going to matter is what Republicans in the Senate think. If there is a vote on articles of impeachment on the House floor, Nancy Pelosi is going to make sure that vote is successful. Then this matter will go to the Senate, and it will take 67 votes to remove Trump from office.
Of course Democrats only have 47 seats in the Senate, and so you would think that this should be an insurmountable obstacle.
But the truth is that there are a lot of establishment Republicans in the Senate that do not like Trump at all, and it is being suggested that many of them may be willing to vote against Trump…
Former Republican Senator Jeff Flake said that he thinks at least 35 Republican senators would vote for President Donald Trump to be removed from office if they could vote in private.
Speaking at the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival Thursday, Flake was responding to comments made by Republican political consultant Mike Murphy on MSNBC who said that if there was a secret vote, at least 30 GOP Senators would back impeachment.
“That’s not true. There would be at least 35,” Flake said.
I warned that we could be facing this sort of scenario if we didn’t send the right people to Washington, and now Donald Trump’s fate could end up in the hands of a group of RINOs that do not feel any sense of loyalty to Trump at all.
And at this point the mainstream media smells blood and they are salivating over the prospect that Donald Trump could soon be removed from the White House. In fact, B.J. Rudell is suggesting that it is time for Republicans “to rally around President Mike Pence”…
Republicans might still determine that abandoning Trump — and likely the presidency — is their best hope for preserving some power in Washington. But the longer they wait, the more politically damaging the breakup will be. End it now and there’s still time to rally around President Mike Pence and perhaps broaden the party’s appeal with the selection of a new vice president.
But the only way that Donald Trump is going to be removed from office is if he is voted out by the Republican-controlled Senate.
And if the Republican-controlled Senate actually did that, it would fracture the Republican Party beyond repair.
The Trump faction would be at war with the establishment faction, and it might even result in a split into two separate political parties.
Meanwhile, the Democrats would be laughing the entire time, and they would sweep the 2020 elections in a landslide of epic proportions.
So if the Republican Party wants any sort of a future at all, the Republicans in the Senate must stay united behind Trump.
Sadly, the truth is that more evidence continues to come out that indicates that this entire thing is a setup. The Federalist’s Sean Davis has just pointed out that someone quietly altered the intelligence community whistleblower complaint form to allow submissions by individuals with no first-hand knowledge of the underlying evidence…
Between May 2018 and August 2019, the intelligence community secretly eliminated a requirement that whistleblowers provide direct, first-hand knowledge of alleged wrongdoings. This raises questions about the intelligence community’s behavior regarding the August submission of a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump. The new complaint document no longer requires potential whistleblowers who wish to have their concerns expedited to Congress to have direct, first-hand knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing that they are reporting.
The brand new version of the whistleblower complaint form, which was not made public until after the transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and the complaint addressed to Congress were made public, eliminates the first-hand knowledge requirement and allows employees to file whistleblower complaints even if they have zero direct knowledge of underlying evidence and only “heard about [wrongdoing] from others.”
If that document had not been altered, the anonymous whistleblower would have never been able to submit his complaint in the first place.
And as I have already discussed, even if every single thing that is being alleged is true, there is simply no impeachable offense here.
But lawlessness is running rampant in Washington at this point, and it appears that a well-orchestrated plot to take Trump down is unfolding right in front of our eyes
Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters. His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News.
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Now you know why Beto says, “He is going to take your guns.” Radical commies don’t like armed American patriots. In the former USSR they actually sent people to mental facilities because they did not Accept communism. They were”Red Flagged” as mentally ill. Of course “Doctors” gave the “diagnosis”.
Now you know why the commies like Beto want “Red Flag” laws. If you support an elcted President Trump you are oviously mentally ill. You should be “Red Flagged”.
If the “changed” Amerikkan people allow the NWO collectivist communist to REMOVE from office, our elected President trump. Then they DESERVE who and what they get.
This impeahment is made up nonsense. A coup. A witch hunt. This is how communism works. Lies. “Investigations.” False charges. propaganda.
Now you know why the censorship, banning, control of the false narrative. Internet lefties want to shut you up.
Marines will defend the Constitution against Communist.
Trump is commander in chief. NOT Polosi. NOT Beto. NOT the Mass Media talking heads owned by Foriegners.
Donald J Trump was Elected President by the American people. Trump can call out Marines. He should.
This impeachment is an illegal coup perpertrated by Anti American NWO collectivist commies.
No talking amongst the Sheep as deep State NWO wolves are deciding who is for dinner. Sheep are not allowed a say in that conversation.
Wolves don’t like talking sheep.
Wolves don’t like armed sheep.
Did you Notice: they took views off page here. More control.
-my comments often censored-
No thinking Allowed. Critical thinking Verbotten.
What are you going to do Ghost Busters? Spook busters. Is see eye a behind this?
I’ve said for a long time that they have never cited a single federal statute that Trump has supposedly violated.
If this goes to the Senate for trial, Trump’s team will be able to call any witnesses and produce any evidence they wish. Every shady thing any of our enemies has done over many years will be displayed on everyone’s TV. Unless they’re really stupid, I don’t think the Dims will go through with it. They’ll just drag things along, hoping they can influence the election. The problem is that all their candidates suck big time.
Impeachment is a NWO communist coup.
1. American media controlled by Foreigners.
2. Investigations. Accusations. Lies.
3. Beto says, “He is going to take your guns.”
4. Now Impeachment.
This is a leftist communist Coup.
Americans will not Allow this Coup.
The talk that will be around the Thanksgiving table this year is talk of armed militia marching on Washington to capture or kill all the treasonous traitors to the Constitution of the United States, and destroy all communist institutions.
Let’s be real here. There is no way in h-e-double hockey sticks that the criminal Democrats are going to put squeaky clean Christian (wrong race) Pence in office. This is all about putting Nancy Pilosi in office as roadkill-in-waiting for whomever her owners would have her name as her own VP, either Hillary Clinton, or some foreign Eurocrat nobody’s ever heard of.
This has nothing to do with Democrat v Republican and everything to do with Globalist v Nationalist. The Democrat “Progressives” are on the same side as the Neo-Cons.
K2 you are correct, it’s not Demo v. Repub. (they’re just different sides of a coin) it’s even more than that. It’s the deep state / PTB / neo-cons / anti-Christian globalists with their “progressive” officialdom minions against the citizens of the US. They’re over-arching, most highest priority, number one goal is to permanently alter the demography and culture of the US. This is a prerequisite to establishing an autocratic socialist state with an all powerful gov’t, where our Constitutional rights are dramatically curtailed or even eliminated, and the populace is effectively rendered powerless.
Mike Pence is fundamentally philosophically opposite of President Trump. He was both a concession to the Establishment Neo-Con Republicans and with it a successor of last resort; in effect a William Howard Taft to Theodore Roosevelt and like him he would undue most of his predecessors indicatives.
We’re going to see shortly how the “Rule Of Law”, the cornerstone of US government, fares against the globalist power of the “Deep State”.
initiative not indicatives
Damn auto spell.
Its really simple. Hillary has to run to avoid indictment. Pelosi’s actions do 3 things. Remove Biden from the race, put the Executive Branch on notice that any attempt to go after Hillary will only worsen the impeachment threats. And open the door for Hillary to enter the race. The only thing they have left to decide is will it be a Hillary/Warren or a Warren/Hillary ticket…
Nothing will change if Pence the quiet one replaces Trump. Same military aggression ongoing. Same for Biden aka Howdy Doody.
I suspect that the military aggression will ratchet up under Pence. Trump has attempted to appease the Neo-Cons without a full blown war. Pence is a Neo-Con.
Kevin2, agreed that the military aggression will one day ratchet up. Trump to his credit has tried to avoid an all-out war but I fear eventually he’ll be forced into pulling the trigger. I dread it and I don’t see how it can be avoided for much longer.
If Pence replaces Trump due to impeachment war will come just after the next Presidential election regardless if the Oval Office is occupied by Pence or a Snowflake representative. With war drums beating we’ll see much of the misguided right rally behind the flag supporting “Our Boys”. The Left, if allowed Sodom and Gomorrah sexuality and intoxicants will be oblivious to it as they bathe in their “liberation”.
Trump needed Rand Paul as his VP to protect “his six” stating: “You get rid of me and you get him with his father as Secretary Of The Treasury”.
Media should get ready for demaside. Biggest story ever ( for those left ) .
Just more kabuki theatre from inside the beltway. It will all backfire on them.
Evidently, these Democrats have no idea of the sh!t storm they would faced with if they somehow rig this impeachment and remove Trump. I think that would be the straw that broke the back of the American citizens who love our country and pure hell would be seriously released upon those responsible.
For ALL the lack of support by the Republicans for Trump I don’t see the party selecting a different candidate for the 2020 ticket. If they don’t think he will get re-elected then it is almost like a gimme to the Democrats. While I don’t care for Trump I much prefer him to having ANY Democrat in office. But we have to remember that it is Congress we should be focusing on and not the President because Congress makes the laws not the President.
Pence is a Mitch Daniels clone.
Apparently Trump is on board with that.
Thats why hes down with selling our toll roads to the Saudis…just like Daniels.
Oh and completely ignore the fact that Blackstone is brokering the deal
Yeah the same Blackstone that snagged onto $9 billion worth of those defaulted liar loan mortgages.
Pres. DT isn’t going anywhere, and he’s going to be re-elected. However, regardless of what the Constitution requires, in a hypothetical situation should DT be removed from office, the real nameless and faceless bosses would tell MP he will do as they tell him to do. Furthermore, TPTB will select who the new vice-Pres. would be with the understanding that should MP not turn out to be like they want him he will not be selected for re-election by the party and the appointed vice-Pres. would be nominee.
With the recent exception of Pres. DT, the voters do not have a real choice who will be Pres. Voters don’t choose nominees, the nominees who want office must first seek support, that’s done in the back room. It might go something like this, party bosses in the back room (who are minions of TPTB) tell the candidates they will not be given any support , not even be allowed to run on their party’s ticket, will not be allowed to be one of their party’s nominees, unless they agree to everything the bosses want and the prospective candidate agrees to play ball how they want them to.
All the voters are doing is voting for the pre-selected candidate(s) who have made promises to the voters, but in reality are already firmly bound to the bosses. Senior party officials in both Houses (who also answer to the bosses) are informed what they must do to fight against or assist the Pres. It is all truly theater.