In the classic Animal House, Dean Vernon Wormer, losing his mind over the antics of the Deltas, proudly proclaimed Delta House was on “double secret probation!” An equally unhinged authority has put President Trump on double secret impeachment. Just like in Animal House, there are no grounds, no due process, no evidence, and nothing will come of it.
The Nobel Committee gave Barack Obama a peace prize shortly after he took office, not for any accomplishment, but because he was Barack Obama. Embarrassed, some members of the committee later admitted it was a stupid idea, and lamely said they expected him to do great things for peace, so why wait? He made the world less safe, and Donald Trump not only spent much time cleaning up his messes, he did more for peace in the Middle East than every president before him by doing essentially the opposite of Obama. This should tell rational people all they need know about the value of the Nobel Peace Prize.
D/S/Cs began trying to impeach Trump before he was inaugurated. They tried and failed once. Now, as Monty Python so eloquently put it, they are farting in his general direction. That should tell rational people all they need know about D/S/Cs and the ten particularly stupid members of the stupid party who joined in the fart fest.
They didn’t impeach Donald Trump. He’ll be out of office in a week, and there is no chance for a trial. They impeached Normal Americans, people who in good faith did their duty in our constitutional republic and voted for the candidate of their choice, which now, it seems, is treasonous.
And what, pray tell, are Republicans going to do without the Trump Base? Considering we won’t have Donald Trump to kick around anymore, it might be wise to identify them, all 70 to 80 million or so, as the constitutional base. D/S/Cs worship politicians. If you doubt it, google “Obama halo,” and you’ll be stunned at the profusion of images of Obama as holy. I was going to say it’s ironic, but considering for D/S/Cs, their political beliefs are holy, it’s really not. They’ve already started deifying Gropin’ Joe Biden with faux halos, and they don’t even like him. They’re plotting to depose him. It’s a deranged reflex.
For constitutional conservatives, it doesn’t matter who the President is, as long as he actually represents America, likes Americans and defends the Constitution. Donald Trump did that. Who will take his place? With in-your-face vote fraud from now on, Republicans can’t afford to lose ten voters, and their stupidity, their refusal to understand how D/S/Cs play them again and again and again, is going to cost not millions, but tens of millions. Normal Americans aren’t in the mood for weakness and surrender these days. Never again will they vote for a President who isn’t a fighter.
Let’s visit Brietbart.com for background:
The vote to impeach President Trump was approved by the House by a vote of 232 to 197, with 10 Republicans supporting the measure. The following House GOP members voted in favor of the move: Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (OH), Rep. Peter Meijer (MI), Rep. Fred Upton (MI), Rep. Liz Cheney (WY), Rep. John Katko (NY), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL), Rep. Tom Rice (SC), Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler (WA), Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA), and Rep. David Valadao (CA).
This collective fart was done without hearing a single witness, without any documentary evidence, and with no due process afforded the President. Some are suggesting this is wrong because it will establish the precedent any president can be impeached for common political rhetoric. It doesn’t. Republicans are too stupid to play by D/S/C rules, and D/S/Cs don’t need no stinking precedent. They’ll do whatever they want and impeach for no reason whatever. They’ll lie, cheat, steal, destroy the norms and comity they pretend to treasure, and obliterate the Constitution. But that’s only if they don’t rig the nation so it’s impossible for a Republican, or anyone other than a D/S/C, to win another election. They’ve made a good start on that.
Let’s visit Prof. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection. He answers a number of questions, the most pressing of which is whether a President—or other constitutional officer—can be tried for impeachment after he leaves office.
Article II, Section 4, provides:
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Article I, Section II, Section 7, provides for the remedies available in the Judgment after Senate trial:
Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.
The operant terms are: “…removed from office…” and “Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office…” Common sense and accurate understanding of plain language reveals if the subject of impeachment is not in office, that’s it. If they’re already removed, the issue is moot. Let’s see what actual legal authorities have to say:
Former appeals court judge J. Michael Luttig writes in WaPo:
It appears that even if the House of Representatives impeaches President Trump this week, the Senate trial on that impeachment will not begin until after Trump has left office and President-Elect Biden has become president on Jan. 20. That Senate trial would be unconstitutional….
The Constitution itself answers this question clearly: No, he cannot be. Once Trump’s term ends on Jan. 20, Congress loses its constitutional authority to continue impeachment proceedings against him — even if the House has already approved articles of impeachment.
Therefore, if the House of Representatives were to impeach the president before he leaves office, the Senate could not thereafter convict the former president and disqualify him under the Constitution from future public office.
Were this not so, the House could impeach pretty much anyone at any time, merely to prevent them from running for office in the future, which, apart from their general derangement and obsessive compulsion to humiliate Mr. Trump and every American that supports the Constitution, is their goal where Mr. Trump is involved. Congressional Republicans are pretty much beyond shame and humiliation. At this rate, impeachment will, hereinafter, become a badge of honor.
I was quoted in the NY Post also taking that position:
‘You can’t impeach non-sitting public officials,’ said former NYU Law professor Peter Rajsingh. ‘Once he’s left office, it’s a moot situation.’
Cornell Law professor William Jacobson agreed.
‘Any such post-departure Senate trial would be a show trial for political purposes, not a legitimate constitutional trial,’ he said.
While Trump was the third president to be impeached by the House but acquitted, no president has ever been removed from office by a Senate conviction — so legal scholars disagree on whether an ousted chief executive could lose his pension or Secret Service protection.
An argument can be made for such consequences, ‘but that assumes a proper conviction,’ Jacobson said. ‘The language does not suggest that after leaving office, impeachment could be used to strip an ex-president of his pension and continuing benefits.’
Of course, D/S/Cs might wait until they’ve packed the Supreme Court for the D/S/C controlled Senate to try Trump. They could then be assured the Court would rule in their favor. But they’d never do anything like that! No? They’ve said they’re going to pack the court. We’ll see soon enough. Perhaps after he dies, they’ll impeach and try him again, dig up the corpse and dismember it for the edification of the proles.
What will history say about this bizarre political theater? It depends on who writes it. If D/S/Cs, lies. If sane historians, D/S/Cs will not be portrayed kindly—or as remotely sane.