Impeachment losing its sting

Thanks to Democrats, President Donald Trump could be impeached in the House of Representatives and voters will probably yawn. So repeated and shrill have been their calls for the president’s impeachment that it has now been baked into the political cake.

Every day for more than two years Americans have been swamped by headlines of his looming impeachment for allegedly stealing the elections with the help of Russians, accusations of campaign finance improprieties, yet unknown violations of the tax code and lately a phone call to Ukraine.

Democrats have been threatening to impeach the president since he won in 2016, and some were contemplating it while he was just a candidate. They ran on impeaching him in the midterm elections, marking the first time in history impeachment was bandied as a campaign promise.

Michigan congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has become one of its most well-known proponents after her January call for Congress to “Impeach the mother (expletive)!” Impeachment is now just a campaign slogan for political attacks.

The process ought to be somber and deliberate, given the gravity of the effects that tarnishing a president and possibly removing him will have on the nation. Instead we have clowns like Tlaib hawking T-shirts with her tacky slogan for $15.00, as if impeachment is just another promotional strategy for products on an assembly line.

Lately perverse journalists and politicians have moved the goal post for impeachment, calling it primarily a political, not legal, process for the purpose of ensnaring Trump.

The framers of the Constitution included the impeachment clause to provide an avenue for the removal of a president who committed ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’ They know full well this was not what the writers intended. The framers even conveniently included a couple of examples for the dimwitted:

“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.”
— U.S. Constitution, Article II, section 4

Impeachment for Democrats and the media is a feel-good tonic for the portion of the country that irrationally hates the president, simply because their tone-deaf candidate Hillary Clinton lost.

Despite all the corrupt shenanigans there are signs their big impeachment shebang will end with a whimper. The secretive staging of the inquiry from a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the Capitol has left Democrats open to vicious and damaging attacks from Republicans, who rightly question their biased intentions and refusal to provide due process rights to the minority and the president.

For Republicans in Congress, Trump’s long-anticipated impeachment is pretty much a done deal and the president has turned the so-called inquiry into a cash cow.

New York Times technology reporters Matthew Rosenberg and Kevin Roose noted in a Sunday front page story: “Even seemingly ominous developments for Mr. Trump become fodder for his campaign. When news broke last month that congressional Democrats were opening an impeachment inquiry, the campaign responded with an advertising blitz aimed at firing up the president’s base.”

Democrats set out to execute Trump’s impeachment from the first day they took control of the House of Representatives in January 2019, issuing hundreds of document requests, contempt orders and subpoenas in search of evidence. In the past a president had to have committed an offence first, but the party has put the proverbial cart before the horse, searching high and low for a crime and even attempting to invent one.

Their sympathizers in the FBI launched a politically-motivated counterintelligence probe of Trump and his campaign, leading to the appointment of former special counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017, mere months after he took office.

Mueller spearheaded a criminal investigation to uncover Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. He also considered whether there was conspiracy or coordination between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. The probe later widened to examine allegations the president was engaged in obstruction of justice.

Mueller delivered his report to Attorney General William Barr in March documenting his conclusions. After 500 witnesses, 2,500 subpoenas, and 34 indictments, the investigation closed without implicating the president in any crimes.

Finally in desperation Democrats latched on to a quickly debunked complaint from an anonymous whistleblower. He claimed that Trump offered a quid pro quo of military aid to Ukraine in exchange for dirt on his 2020 rival, former vice president Joe Biden, in a July phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky.

After the call transcript was released it turned out that Trump was requesting Ukraine’s co-operation in an ongoing Justice Department probe of the country’s involvement in the 2016 elections. The president also asked for help to review questionable activities of Biden and his son Hunter regarding gas company Burisma. No quid pro quo was offered.

Mr. Biden publicly stated he offered Ukraine $1 billion in aid if it killed an investigation into the company, where his son served on the board for a reported $83,000 a month. Trump, the country’s leading law enforcement official, has every right to be concerned that a crime may have been committed.

Fox News’ host of The Next Revolution, Steve Hilton, wrote Monday, “From the beginning, it was obvious that for the Democrats, impeachment is partisan politics dressed up as principle.”

This unseemly rush to impeach in the midst of an election campaign season will eventually wear on voters. Democrats need a new gimmick because their impeachment gambit is running out of steam. By the time articles of impeachment arrive in the Senate they will have already been tarnished and rendered moot by a politically-biased, secretive process that was used to exact revenge, not justice.