Impeachment 2.0? Same Results?

There is at least one Democrat in Washington, DC that doesn’t think that Donald Trump will face a conviction on his second impeachment. That person does have the tendency to carry weight after all.

It’s Joe Biden.

Biden was interviewed yesterday as the House delivered impeachment 2.0 documents to the US Senate. The lone charge says that it’s illegal for any person who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States from holding any office under the United States.” But impeachment faces a difficult scenario this time around, just like last time…though it’s a different route.

Last time the Dems tried to impeach Trump, they really didn’t have the proof to go along with the House’s wishes, and it’s one of the reasons why both Houses weren’t solidly in favor of the Democrats this past election cycle. This time, however, it is possible that they had the crime right, if again, they can prove that Trump did cause the takeover of the Capitol Building on January 6th. But with Trump out of office for three weeks by the time the impeachment starts in the Senate, a lot of the teeth are going to be taken out of it.

Impeachment of a president can only do two things. The first is it can remove the person from office. This has been done to various officials a total of 26 times in our history. Most have been for lower offices, like federal judgeships, and cabinet members. Only three men have been impeached as president; Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, and now Donald Trump (twice). None have faced removal from office however, as the US Senate have not convicted any of them. And it doesn’t appear to be the case this time around. The second thing it can do is bar the person from ever holding elective office again…though that requires a second vote if convicted.

More and more Republicans are believing the case laid out by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), who said that it’s unconstitutional to impeach a president once he’s left office, because impeachment can only be used against “the President, Vice President, and all federal civil officers for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Since Trump is no longer President, but a private citizen, he doesn’t fall under any of the categories. It’s an argument that is winning a lot of support.

So, when Biden was asked whether or not he thought Trump was going to be convicted in the Senate trial, he said he didn’t think so. He did say the outcome may have been different had Trump actually been in office when the trial took place. And I think he’s probably right.

There has been precedence for impeaching and convicting an official after they’ve left office, as we discussed in an earlier blog. But it was for a cabinet member. It’s never been tried for a former President. And there’s the rub.

Impeachment without a conviction usually hurts the party that brought the impeachment. It probably was the overriding reason the House lost as many Democrats as it did. Americans for the most part, saw the first impeachment as a waste of the country’s time, money, and energy in the early days of COVID-19. I’m sure if asked today, arm-chair-quarterbacking it, most would blame Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats for wasting valuable time in dealing with Coronavirus, instead focusing on an impeachment that they knew wasn’t going to go anywhere.

The same thing is in the offing this time around. And it will be the same embarrassing display for Pelosi. This time, rather than hold hearings, hear witnesses in the House committees, they rushed impeachment to the floor and took a vote in record time. Pelosi’s hatred of Trump got the better of her, and it will, mark my words, cost her the job as Speaker in 2022.

The country has an awful lot on it’s plate right now. Mired in the midst of a pandemic with 12,000 people a day dying, and Joe Biden, who was going to cure this disease all by himself, doesn’t have a plan on how to do it. We have immigration as a rising issue again as over 1,000 Hondurans are wending their way north through Guatemala, then Mexico, to come to the United States illegally. Nothing has been done about that except to stop the border wall, and not deport illegals already here for 100 days. And believe it or not, we’ve got travel bans, racial tensions, disunity and disharmony, and still riots in Portland and Seattle. Frankly I thought those would disappear when Biden took office, but they are now protesting against him!

Impeachment 2.0 will have the same results as Impeachment 1.0. A stupid move, mired in political hatred, and a waste of taxpayer money and time. Totally a worthless move by the left.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

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