How deep does the impeachment witch hunt against Trump go?
It is amazing how organized this sabotage is - involving dozens of people in different parts of the government, including life-long and admired diplomats, Republican and Democratic, members of his own administration, and Trump himself conspiring against himself by publishing his own words that condemn him.
- Anonymous5 months agoFavorite Answer
It's not a witch hunt, Trump has clearly broken the law.
By directly requesting or suggesting that President Zelensky use Ukraine’s resources to help his reelection efforts, Trump violated campaign finance law.
As the FEC has previously noted, “in light of the broad scope of the prohibition on contributions from foreign nationals” the law bans the solicitation of a foreign national for anything of value, even if the value “may be nominal or difficult to ascertain.”
The most obvious way in which Trump could have violated the law is by soliciting material campaign aid from a foreign government, which expressly violates the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971.
Take 18 U.S. Code § 872: “Extortion by officers or employees of the United States.” It’s not hard to grasp:
Trump has said that he will refuse to cooperate with lawful subpoenas — itself a prima facie violation of 2 U.S. Code § 192, “Refusal of witness to testify or produce papers,” punishable by a year in prison.
“Whoever, being an officer, or employee of the United States or any department or agency thereof, or representing himself to be or assuming to act as such, under color or pretense of office or employment commits or attempts an act of extortion, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”
Coercing his deputies into joining in the conspiracy would also runs afoul of the law. “As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,” Bill Taylor, the top American diplomat in Ukraine, reiterated in a text message to Trump official Gordon Sondland, strongly suggesting he was pursuing the strategy against his own wishes.
If Taylor felt coerced into helping with “a political campaign,” that implicates 18 U.S. Code § 610, which covers that crime rather clearly under the title: “Coercion of political activity.”
The law reads: “It shall be unlawful for any person to intimidate, threaten, command, or coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, command, or coerce, any employee of the Federal Government … to engage in … any political activity.” The sentence caps at three years.
It’s also illegal, according to 18 U.S. Code § 595, when a government official, “in connection with any activity which is financed in whole or in part by loans or grants made by the United States, or any department or agency thereof, uses his official authority for the purpose of interfering with, or affecting, the nomination or the election of any candidate for the office of President.” That statute could add another year to the sentence.
Code § 607, “Place of solicitation,” and 52 U.S. Code § 30121, “Contributions and donations by foreign nationals.” Essentially, it’s illegal to solicit contributions to your presidential campaign from the Oval Office and illegal to solicit from foreign nationals no matter where you do it from: “It shall be unlawful for an individual who is an officer or employee of the Federal Government, including the President … to solicit or receive a donation of money or other thing of value in connection with a Federal, State, or local election, while in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties by an officer or employee of the United States, from any person.”
18 U.S. Code § 872: “Extortion by officers or employees of the United States”
2 U.S. Code § 192, “Refusal of witness to testify or produce papers”
18 U.S. Code § 610, “Coercion of political activity”
18 U.S. Code § 595, “Interference by administrative employees of Federal, State, or Territorial Governments”
18 U.S. Code § 607, “Place of solicitation”
52 U.S. Code § 30121, “Contributions and donations by foreign nationals”
“Bribery” as the term is used in the Constitution goes beyond the criminal offense of bribery as defined in the U.S. Code. Because the Constitution predated the federal criminal code, the meaning of “bribery” referenced in the Impeachment Clause cannot be found in the statutory prohibition on bribery; therefore, some modern constraints that Congress and courts have placed on that criminal offense are not relevant to the constitutional inquiry. Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s private attorney, tweeted that the entire effort to get Ukraine to investigate the Bidens was done for Trump’s personal benefit.
“Bribery,”,.. “[i]n England this offense of taking bribes is punished, in inferior officers, with fine and imprisonment; and in those who offer a bribe, though not taken, the same” (emphasis added). In other words, merely attempting a bribe, though not consummated, was punished as bribery at the time of the Founding, according to Blackstone.And lest the reference to “inferior officers” suggest to readers that more superior officers were treated differently—well, indeed they were. As Blackstone notes in the next sentence, this transgression was considered “so heinous an offense” that superior officers who engaged in it were hanged. (No one, of course, is suggesting capital punishment in the current case of impeachment.)
- LollyLv 75 months ago
Or, in the actual real world, he's guilty.
- nevin0020Lv 55 months ago
Because they're hoping for something to happen in the MSM that'll send the republicans over the edge and remove him. It probably won't happen but the way they see it, it's worth a shot. This has very little to do with actually wanting him out of office. What they want to do is delegitimise his presidency so that they can replace his appointments on the supreme court and the fed. Obama left a lot of open goals when he left office, because he was so sure Hillary would win.
- Anonymous5 months ago
Yes, it is everyone's fault but Fat Donnie's.
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- Anonymous5 months ago
OP read up on this