May 19, 2017

impeachment? Puh-leeze

Rhymes with sleeze... good article from WaPo (yes, it happens!) on the history of that "last resort" option our framers included:

The more deliberate the inquiry, the better chance that the American people will have confidence in it. For Nixon, the process that led to his resignation took more than two years ... Impeachment requires proof of significant abuse of power or breach of public trust. Obstruction of justice, or even the attempt to obstruct, epitomizes that sort of offense, entailing as it does an attack on a system whose integrity the president has sworn to uphold
He offers no opinion on the DNC AV club's latest campaign to establish obstruction.
The House tried but failed three times to impeach Tyler for having done nothing more than protect the president’s authorities to veto legislation and nominate officials. Even though Johnson came within a single vote of being convicted in the Senate, most historians have dismissed his impeachment as driven more by partisanship than a proper basis for impeachment and removal.

Meanwhile, we shan't be surprised by some nasty collusion going on:
“A ranking Republican statesman this week told an off-the-record gathering that a ‘coup’ attempt was in progress against President Donald Trump, with collusion between the largely Democratic media and Trump’s numerous enemies in the Republican Party. The object of the coup, the Republican leader added, was not impeachment, but the recruitment of a critical mass of Republican senators and congressmen to the claim that Trump was ‘unfit’ for office and to force his resignation.”

And lastly, the HOSS of the Millennial crowd Tweets (with video) Stop making sh*t up! that Comey, ever the weasel, has already answered this question on May 3: Comey had *never* been told to stop an investigation for political reasons.

Trump Agonistes Posted by nanobrewer at May 19, 2017 12:18 AM
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