Can Presidents only be impeached for statutory crimes?
That’s what Republicans are arguing.
- 4 weeks ago
No, but it would be nice to get some specific charge nailed down that was supported by the facts - or at least the transcripts and the testimony of President Zelensky.
The Dems are very good at vague accusations: Election interference, Russian collusion, abuse of power, obstruction of Congress etc.
If you get pulled over by a traffic cop and he says you have done something wrong but won't tell you what it is, wouldn't that seem strange?
- ndmagicmanLv 71 month ago
Impeachment has NOTHING to do with the US criminal code.
It is the Congress, as laid out in the Constitution, that have the powers to determine what are 'high crimes and misdemeanors'.
Republicans are merely throwing up BS and trying to make something, anything stick.
- Anonymous1 month ago
The United States Constitution specifies that impeachment Shall befor high crimes and misdemeanors. It remains to be seen if the justice that is presiding over the hearing find that there is an actual crime did you can call a high crime or misdemeanor! Unless something that you can call a high crime or misdemeanor is alleged there is no constitutional grounds for impeachment. We'll have to see in the next couple weeks if the Democrats can present a case before the Senate that the chief justice is going to accept as a high crime or misdemeanor!
- DaroLv 71 month ago
"...high crimes and misdemeanors...." quote. Anything else that anyone claims is just conjecture.
"high crimes" is now known as felonies, crimes that can be punishable by death.
But there is nothing that prevents it from being used purely politically. Jefferson pointed that out.
If they plan to use "emoluments".... then there is a glaring flaw. What about Bubba Clinton? He and wifey pooh sold everything that wasnt nailed down. Even admitted to receiving money from Red China for their 96 re-election. They claimed they were going to "return PART of the money" after getting caught.
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- durango joeLv 71 month ago
Well you are supposed to have a crime to prosecute a person.
That being said it would make sense that the same would apply to impeaching a President.
Otherwise whenever the opposing party controls Congress they would be able to impeach a sitting President regardless of whether they have actually done anything wrong.
By the standard the Democrats are arguing for the Republicans there were several instances where could have impeached Obama.
But in reality none of those instances rose the level of being an impeachable offense.
- MikeLv 71 month ago
For eating 2 scoops of Ice Cream
- DzeLv 71 month ago
lets just impeach him for not eating right .. i mean cmon presidents are just on permanent vacation in office and dont have a fcking thing in the country to take care of so lets waste their time and keep them tied up with bullsht .. its fun ..
- Anonymous1 month ago
I suppose the House could technically vote to impeach if they don't like the color of his hair.
But they shouldn't expect reasonable people, including Senators, to be convinced by it.