Donald Trump becomes president in less than two weeks, and liberals are already trying to prepare to remove him from the Oval Office.
Article II of the U.S. Constitution notes that a president may be impeached if they are convicted of “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” That doesn’t mean the president will be forced out of office necessarily, but refers to the legal proceedings that could lead to that outcome.
Liberals and top Democrats are focused on Donald Trump’s impressive wealth; he owns incredible hotel and golf properties around the world. Because of Trump’s investments and holdings, every move he makes to rebuild and grow America’s economy will be suspect. This supposed conflict of interest, they argue, is enough grounds to start the impeachment process.
As a popular op-ed in Huffington Post notes, liberals are ready to act:
Donald Trump is wildly unfit to be president, and he will demonstrate that in ways that break the law and violate the Constitution. Since the election, there have been three wishful efforts to keep Trump from the presidency: a recount doomed by a lack of evidence; a futile campaign to flip Trump electors; and an even more improbable drive to get the Supreme Court to annul the 2016 election.
These moves, indicative of magical thinking, make Trump’s opposition look a lot weaker than it is―at a time when the stakes for the Republic could not be higher. There will also be marches and demonstrations, but they will also look weak unless they have a strategic focus.
There is only one constitutional way to remove a president, and that is via impeachment.
What’s needed is a citizens’ impeachment inquiry, to begin on Trump’s first day in office.
In addition, other liberal pundits are using the Russian “hacking” scandal as another way for the start of impeachment hearings.
Trump’s continued denial of the Russian hacking allegations may present another key to his impeachment. As Trump continues to reject the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies and the bipartisan call for a Congressional investigation, he may soon face another impeachable offense: treason.
“By denigrating or seeking to prevent an investigation of the Russian cyberattack,” John Shattuck, a former assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, wrote in the Boston Globe, “Trump is giving aid or comfort to an enemy of the United States” — a crime that could be “enhanced,” Shattuck notes, were an investigation to reveal that Trump or his allies knew about the Russian attack in advance.
Now, the far-left MoveOn.org group, which was started in the 1990s as a political campaign to “move on” from the Clinton sex scandals, has a popular petition to impeach Trump for his views on immigration and national security.