I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m sick of all this Impeachment stuff that’s going on in Washington. Why? It’s an investigation in search of a crime, which, so far, the Democrats haven’t been able to show. Yeah, it may be early, but in history, that’s not how impeachment has ever been applied, to anyone. There’s be some 60+ impeachments in our history, two of them being Presidents. The remainder, were people like Federal judges. In every case, there were specific charges voted on by the House of Representatives before it went to the Senate for a trial.
Think of the House as a Grand Jury: Charges are specified, it’s debated, then a vote occurs. A majority voting to impeach sends the indictment to the Senate where all 100 (now) Senators become jurors and a case is presented to convict, as well as there being a defense, as in any trial. The chief Justice of the Supreme Court presides to ensure that the process is fair and law is followed for both sides.
The last President to be impeached by the House was of course, Bill Clinton. The House sent charges of perjury and obstruction of justice to the Senate. These charges originated from the Starr Report, which was an Independent Counsel investigation. The IC cannot indict anyone, but recommend charges. These were debated and the majority sent these charges to the Senate. On the first charge, there were 45 votes to convict. The second? 50. It takes 67 votes to convict on any charge. But again, there were charges, referred by the IC to the House to consider. In the current situation, there are zero charges.
So there’s no there there, at least currently. No one has any information that would indicate Treason, Bribery , or High Crimes and Misdemeanors. as defined in the Constitution, against the current holder of the office. As I said, it’s an investigation in search of a crime. No judge, anywhere, would ever allow a prosecutor to investigate a citizen because they thought he or she may have committed a crime. They would have to have some evidence of criminality to call a Grand Jury to receive an indictment.
They have nothing than their hatred for the current President and the anguish they have for losing the last Presidential Election. So let’s overturn a legal election. That seems to be the purpose. Of course, the next election is less than a year away and I think all the Democrats are doing, currently, is ensuring that not only will they lost the House – by a huge margin – but they will probably lose a seat or two in the Senate as well, giving the Republicans a chance to ride roughshod and do whatever they want. Not good.
It really is time to end this stupidity and get Congress back to working for the people tht elected them. They weren’t elected to impeach, but to work for their individual constituencies on things like infrastructure and healthcare, We elect these people, Democrat and Republican to solve the problems of the country, not have a circus to remove a sitting President simply because they dislike him. As a country, instead of finding ways that we may unite, it seems to me that in the last decade or so, we’ve lost that idea of America. We look for reasons that would divide us and what we need is the opposite. Are we the Greatest Country in the World? It depends on with whom any speak with but I’ll take the US over any other country right now, even with all of our problems.