The Impeachment Article

Here is what the Constitution says:

Article 1 Section 2

The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

Article 1 Section 3

The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.

Article II Section 4

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.

So let’s review, the House of Representatives accuses the President of misdemeanors and high crimes and the Senate holds the trial. On January 13th, President Donald Trump was accused of inciting a riot. The Senate must hold a trial for the accusations. This is written into the Constitution. It doesn’t matter that the sitting President when the accusations are made becomes out-of-office or not three weeks later. The Senate must conduct the trial.

If convicted of the accusations, the former President cannot hold an appointed or elected position in the federal government. That is what the Constitution says…”Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States:…”

There is nothing ambiguous about this. Those who claim that a trial for impeachment after a President or Vice-President leaves office is unconstitutional are making a false claim. In fact, the trial affirms consensus among BOTH Houses that there is agreement the impeachment is valid or says unequivocally the claim is invalid.

Those who claim it doesn’t make a difference are short-sighted. A trial brings closure to the government and to the individual. Otherwise it will hang like a dark cloud over the person and the government.

This should be clear to everyone who can read. The dishonorable will misrepresent the words. That is what they do. Don’t be taken in.

2nd Impeachment Day 2

Very compelling footage captured former President Trump’s efforts to gin up his base. Very compelling footage of Trump using his lies to undermine the integrity of the election was evident as well as his supporters admitting they were following Trump’s orders.

If one is a Republican, how can you NOT connect the dots between Trump’s words and his followers’ actions? It is self-evident.

If you are home and not watching the impeachment, you should be.

Party Loyalty Unexplained

What is it that causes grown men and women to choose to be faithful to their political party over all else?

Yesterday, on the first day of Trump’s second impeachment trial, in a vote of 56-44, Senators trained in the law, Senators educated in college, Senators with three weeks to forty years of experience voted on whether the Impeachment Articles required the Senate to conduct a trial for a President whose term had expired. How can this be? And more amazing, all the ones who voted Nay were Republicans.

Party loyalty is greater than common sense, greater than the truth of things, and greater than the Constitution. This is disturbing.

The Constitution provides the authority to the Senate to determine if the President, Vice President or other civil officers are guilty of the impeachment articles set by the House.

Forty-four Senators said the Senate cannot conduct a trial for an ex-President who was impeached before he left office but is no longer in office when the trial is conducted. This means that the Senators believe that any President may commit any crime in the last thirty days of office and not be subject to trial by the Senate. Does that seem logical to you?

If it were true, then the only remedy for high crimes and misdemanors committed by the President in the last 30 days of office is a civil trial after he leaves office. Of course, it is always possible to charge an ex-President with civil crimes after he/she leaves office but without the ability of the Senate to try the President, the government is unable to express its concurrence that the ex-President is guilty (or not guilty) of the charges… and the government cannot prevent the ex-President from taking other federal appointments.

This should be obvious to all educated Congresspersons and they should agree on this point. However, forty-four of them chose party affiliation over common sense and they would choose to allow the US government NOT to decide if the ex-President was guilty (or not) of the charges levied by the House of Representatives.

The Senate impeachment trial brings closure to House impeachment articles. And the Senate has this responsibility under the Constitution.

The articles of impeachment occurred on January 13th, seven days before Trump’s term in office expired. The Senate must have this trial and forty-four Republican Senators ought to know this.