The Long Road To Impeach Trump Just Got Shorter


DONALD TRUMP

Norman Solomon for huffingtonpost.comThe momentum to impeach President Trump is accelerating.

On Thursday, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) filed a “resolution of inquiry” that amounts to the first legislative step toward impeachment.

A new poll shows that registered voters are evenly split, at 46-to-46 percent, on whether they “support” or “oppose” impeaching Trump. Just two weeks ago, the pro-impeachment figure was 35 percent.

Since inauguration, more than 800,000 people have signed a petition in the first stage of the Impeach Donald Trump Now campaign, which will soon involve grassroots organizing in congressional districts around the country.

Under the Trump presidency, defending a wide range of past gains is both necessary and insufficient. Fighting for impeachment is a way to go on the offensive, directly challenging the huge corruption that Trump has brought to the White House.

From the outset, President Trump has been violating two provisions of the U.S. Constitution — its foreign and domestic “emoluments” clauses. In a nutshell, both clauses forbid personally profiting from presidential service beyond receiving a government salary.

Some believe that the Republican-controlled Congress is incapable of impeaching Trump, but history tells us what’s possible when a president falls into wide disrepute. On July 27, 1974, seven GOP representatives on the 38-member House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach a fellow Republican, President Richard Nixon.

As for objections that impeaching and removing Trump from office would make Mike Pence the president, that concern is apt to bypass one set of key considerations after another. Along the way, in political terms, people need to think through the implications of the fact that Trump could only be removed from office with the help of many votes from Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Even if every Democrat in the House voted in unison to impeach Trump, impeachment would only be possible if at least two-dozen Republican members of the House voted in favor. Likewise, a vote in the Senate (requiring two-thirds) to remove Trump from the presidency would only be successful if at least 19 Republican senators voted for conviction. Such events would badly splinter and damage the Republican Party — causing divisive bitterness, putting GOP leaders back on their heels and hobbling a Pence presidency.

Arguably most important of all, democracy requires that no one be above the law — a principle that’s most crucially applied to the holder of the most powerful office in the U.S. government. Extreme abuse of power from the top of the government must be seen and treated as intolerable.

The Constitution that Trump continues to flagrantly violate is supposed to be “the supreme law of the land.” To give Trump a pass would be to wink at his merger of vast personal wealth and corporate holdings with vast governmental power.

From the grassroots, it’s crucial for constituents to push back with determination. As the Impeach Donald Trump Now campaign’s website documents in detail, Trump’s personal riches are entangled with countless policy options for his administration. That precedent must be resisted and defeated.

So far, the Democratic Party’s leadership in Congress has shown scant interest in impeaching Trump. With escalating pressure from constituents, that may soon change.

Congressman Nadler’s unusual resolution of inquiry will be able to avoid some of the standard roadblocks in the House. As his website explains, “A Resolution of Inquiry is a legislative tool that has privileged parliamentary status, meaning it can be brought to the floor if the relevant Committee hasn’t reported it within 14 legislative days, even if the Majority leadership has not scheduled it for a vote.”

Nadler has just put a big toe in the impeachment water. Yet no members of the House have taken the plunge to introduce an actual resolution for impeachment. They will have to be pushed.

  1. #1 by truthaholics on 02/12/2017 - 4:25 pm

    Reblogged this on | truthaholics and commented:
    “So far, the Democratic Party’s leadership in Congress has shown scant interest in impeaching Trump. With escalating pressure from constituents, that may soon change.

    Congressman Nadler’s unusual resolution of inquiry will be able to avoid some of the standard roadblocks in the House. As his website explains, “A Resolution of Inquiry is a legislative tool that has privileged parliamentary status, meaning it can be brought to the floor if the relevant Committee hasn’t reported it within 14 legislative days, even if the Majority leadership has not scheduled it for a vote.”

    Nadler has just put a big toe in the impeachment water. Yet no members of the House have taken the plunge to introduce an actual resolution for impeachment. They will have to be pushed.”

  2. #2 by Frederick on 02/12/2017 - 5:19 pm

    By pursuing this, Dems would open themselves to the same charges! Think Clinton Foundation…hence no action.

  3. #3 by James Benn on 02/12/2017 - 5:26 pm

    Norman Solomon for the Huffing-Puffington Post, eh? He wouldn’t be … umm … of (((Norman))) ancestry, would he?

    I LOVE this man’s commitment to demoksy… “Arguably most important of all, democracy requires that no one be above the law – a principle that’s most crucially applied to the holder of the most powerful office in the U.S. government. Extreme abuse of power from the top of the government must be seen and treated as intolerable.” Indeedy weedy.

    Why, according to ‘Norman’… “Under the Trump presidency, defending a wide range of past gains is both necessary and insufficient.” And, umm, what might those ‘past gains’ be, one wonders? Territorial gains perchance? Obongo does after all have the dubious distinction of being the most blood-thirsty president in US history. Are those the gains ‘Norman’ wants to secure?

    I can only imagine that as soon as ‘Norman’ has dispensed with the Trump menace, he will be turning his febrile attentions to the Federal Reserve which, according to the venerated Old Man of Money, (((Alan Greenspan))), is in fact and indeed high above the law…

  4. #4 by 5 dancing shlomos on 02/12/2017 - 6:28 pm

    nadler grandstanking to be
    bagel of the week

    trump 8 years

    thought hufpost tossed out with
    last weeks dead fish

  5. #5 by Redmond Walker on 02/12/2017 - 7:10 pm

    What a bunch of BS….this author is a brainwashed loon. Trump is going to save this country from FAKE NEWS writers like this writer…… Trump won. Get over it…. When Obama won twice we were upset, REALLY UPSET, but we let it be and waited and saw a total disaster in his wake….. Already Trump is rocking the house…..So, sit back and watch a true patriot bring our country back from a socialist fantasy land……

  6. #6 by PJ London on 02/12/2017 - 10:32 pm

    Was this by the same pollsters that had Clinton ahead 98% to 1% with 1% undecided?

  7. #7 by frankkleij on 02/13/2017 - 1:35 am

    It is time the creator gets cleaning out his house and get rid of all unwanted elements. Esspecially the USA needs a thorough rinsing. Instead of looking over the horizon to search for an improvement of the world they are looking for a way to tackle the ones you need for a better world.

  8. #8 by wes savage on 02/13/2017 - 6:21 am

    Cry some more crybabies!!! It is going to be a long 8 years

  9. #9 by Darwin26 on 02/13/2017 - 9:07 am

    Well i see there’s one poster who’s in Trumps court ~ yes i’m glad HRC isn’t Pres but we’re saddled with a buffoon to be sure… However, i feel Pence is Trumps insurance policy.
    Would the impeachment remove that other PoS ? and all the super rich clowns he’s put into office would they be thrown out with the filthy water too? One can only hope at this point.
    Nadler is a punk but he’d be one heck of a hero if he can push this through ~
    i’m waiting for the Wall to be built ~ insanity written in stone, so to speak…Trump is a travesty of all we hold dear. Who is ‘We’ ~ we’re the ones who’ll vote the SoB out of office come 2020 for sure.

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