Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 6:47 pm

Impeachment: OK, now it’s go time, redux

On Friday I said we can wait no longer to begin holding impeachment hearings for Donald Trump in the Houses of Representatives. Now I’m gonna tell you a little more about how we can do that.

You don’t have to be a lawyer to understand this. You just need to know that Trump, like every president before him, swore an oath to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” (That oath is found in the Constitution at the end of Section 1 of Article II.)

Now, is there anyone out there who’s prepared to argue, seriously and sincerely, that Dolt 45 has faithfully executed the office? Or that he has worked to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution? Not only has he failed to do so, he has deliberately attempted to do otherwise.

Indeed, hundreds, nay thousands, of contrary examples exist in the public record. The House hearings could go on for years if they attempted to be comprehensive.

The Constitution, in Article II, Section 3, also requires the president to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” I think creating and artificially extending a government shutdown is not taking care that the (spending) laws be faithfully executed. I imagine it wouldn’t take much to convince a House majority of that, either.

That is what the House should do. It doesn’t need to wait for Robert Mueller, and it shouldn’t. Speaker Nancy Pelosi should direct House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler to open those hearings at once, amass evidence of Trump’s malfeasance, and issue articles of impeachment for the full House to consider.

The country can’t wait any longer. Let’s do this.



  1. Do you think that there is even a 1 in 1,000,000 chance the Senate would convict? If not, and I can’t say I do think so, then impeaching now would be a waste of time and money. If the Mueller report is damning enough, then there’s a tiny chance, methinks. Otherwise, it strikes me as a lovely, futile, pursuit.

    Comment by Ed Trumbull — Wednesday, January 23, 2019 10:42 pm @ 10:42 pm

  2. Well, remember how Watergate proceeded. At the beginning, no one thought the president should be impeached. But as more and more information came out in televised hearings, the mood of the country changed — not just after big events such as Alexander Butterfield’s revelation of an Oval Office taping system, but gradually throughout the process. Do I know that this would happen, or happen to the same extent? Of course not. But even the act of holding hearings would show the nation and the world that this administration has been full of maleasance and that we, the American people, realize that. For a long time, I, too, thought it best to wait on the Mueller report and/or the reports of various House committees that will be doing investigations. But now, too much damage is being done too fast and too much incriminating information is already in the public record but being largely ignored.

    Comment by Lex — Thursday, January 24, 2019 7:22 am @ 7:22 am

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