Sunday, May 21, 2017
A Primer On The Grounds For Impeachment
Donald Trump's behavior has raised the possibility of impeachment. This article reviews the grounds for impeachment. It is not about a criminal offense. It requires Congress to determine that Trump has been guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors which are threats to democracy and the Constitution. Ultimately, it depends upon politics. The Republican House impeached Clinton for lying about a sexual episode. The Republican Senate decided that he was not guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors that threatened the Constitution and the rule of law. The investigations that are underway in Washington are still in their preliminary stage. The likelihood of impeachment will depend upon popular opinion. House Republicans will be more influenced by the potential for losing control of Congress than the legal nuances of the grounds for impeachment.