The dirty little secret about the Trump “impeachment inquiry” - Nine Line News

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Yesterday, amid much fanfare and jubilation from Democrats and other never-Trumpers, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House of Representatives was launching a formal impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump.

Some of us thought this was already happening frankly, because a month ago, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler said on CNN that his investigation was basically informal impeachment proceedings.

 

 

Ok, so whatever. Democrats are STILL trying to reverse the 2016 election results.  Heck, since the man announced his candidacy, his opponents have been trying to get rid of him.

So what does an “impeachment inquiry” mean, and will everyone who can’t stand the thought of Donald Trump as president finally get their wish?

Well, here’s how it works.

 

Per USA Today, Americans often equate impeachment with the removal of a president or other federal officials from office for committing a crime.

 But that’s incorrect.

 

 Impeachment is nothing more than the approval of formal charges against a president, vice president or other federal officeholder who stands accused of committing a crime. It’s like an indictment in a criminal proceeding.

 Once an officeholder is impeached by the House of Representatives, a trial is held by the Senate to determine whether the accused is guilty of the charges. If a guilty verdict is returned, only then can the accused be removed from office.

 

But we’re basically nowhere near that. First there have to be articles of impeachment. Those haven’t been drawn up yet because an inquiry hasn’t even determined if Trump has done anything wrong.

Then members of the House would need to vote — publicly, mind you — to approve those impeachment articles. While there’s been lots of handwaving by the loony lefties in the House, some members are loathe to come out publicly for impeachment, especially when they’re up for reelection in districts Trump won in 2016.

Even assuming the House votes to impeach, the Senate must hold a trial to determine whether to convict Trump or remove him from office. A two-thirds majority, or 67 senators, is needed to convict. Currently there are 53 Republicans in the Senate. Twenty of them would need to flip and vote with the 47 Democrats to make this happen.

Do you think that’s likely? We don’t either.

 

The dirty little secret about all this “impeachment” excitement is that it’s likely going exactly nowhere.

It’s filling up the airwaves and the interweb. It’s making liberals temporarily euphoric. But the main thing it’s doing is grinding the legislative process to a halt in Washington DC. We taxpayers pay our legislators to LEGISLATE. Are they doing anything about illegal immigration? Or tax reform? Or health care reform? No, no and no.

Perhaps they need a little history lesson. Bill Clinton was actually impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice after his sexcapades in the Oval Office with Monica Lewinsky. The Senate failed to convict him and he served out the rest of his second term. That little exercise backfired “bigly” on the Republicans at the time.

The Democrats, however, seem to be getting increasingly desperate in their efforts to take Trump out. So far nothing they’ve thrown at him is working. Even they admit trying to get him impeached may be their only hope at preventing his reelection in 2020.

 

Good luck with that.

 

 

 

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128 Responses

  1. Paul Gibson

    You forgot to mention that Democrats have tried to impeach every Republican president since Eisenhower.

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