The so-called impeachment of President Donald Trump was in virtually every way a historical anomaly. It wasn’t really an impeachment at all.
It was wholly manufactured by powerful Democratic house lawmakers for vindictive partisan advantage over their political enemy. It was a win-at-all-cost scheme to prop up a floundering party with a slate of fatally flawed candidates as the 2020 elections approached.
The impeachment was not constitutionally permissible because the House of Representatives is not a dictatorship. Even though it is empowered with the sole right to impeach it does not have the authority to do so without regard for the provisions of the Constitution or Bill of Rights.
The impeachment was just as fake as the evidence in the Steele dossier which was used to start a totally unwarranted investigation after Trump was accused of colluding with Russia. The claims would eventually be debunked by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
House lawmakers contorted a perfectly legitimate request Trump made during a July 25th phone call asking for Ukraine’s assistance with a Justice Department investigation into potentially bad acts by former vice president Joe Biden and his son.
Trump’s actions were viewed as corrupt only because he had the unmitigated gall to investigate a Democrat. He was falsely accused of using a quid pro quo to influence President Volodymyr Zelensky to probe his political rival. The call was used to resurrect already disproven claims that Trump was using the help of foreign countries to influence the elections.
This so-called impeachment will be viewed in the historical context of a nearly four-year Democratic Party and media witch hunt that has targeted the president with a slew of fake headlines and baseless investigations. Democrats don’t seem to understand that American voters are much savvier than they think.
They are believing their own spin that many voters are ‘smelly Walmart shoppers’ and ‘Boomer rubes’ who are too dumb to see that this impeachment was a political hit. The articles of impeachment lacked any evidence of a crime or corrupt act that would warrant this extreme remedy.
Historians and voters will judge this proceeding for the farce it truly was, which is why Trump’s approval numbers in the Gallup poll bounced to almost fifty percent. The only people who delusionally think this impeachment carried any historical meaning are venal Democrats like California House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
She is still doing media rounds trying to resurrect her phony charade with a new strategy — asserting over and over that the president was not really acquitted after the impeachment trial.
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour spoke with Pelosi about her outrageous ripping of the president’s State of the Union speech on Saturday. “What about, though, the fact that the president seems liberated, and this is about democratic politics so I’m not asking you to criticize here, but he was acquitted, his poll ratings are high …” said Amanpour.
“He was not — there was no acquittal.” Pelosi insisted. “You can’t have an acquittal unless you have a trial, and you can’t have a trial unless you have witnesses and documents. So he can say he’s acquitted, and the headlines can say ‘acquitted,’ but he’s impeached forever, branded with that, and not vindicated,” Pelosi claimed.
“And even the senators were saying, ‘yes, it wasn’t right,’ but they didn’t have the courage to act upon that.”
Amanpour will never have the courage to ask the obviously delusional Speaker why she announced the beginning of the impeachment inquiry in September without a formal floor vote, which is how other inquiries in the past began — not with a unilateral proclamation.
She will never confront her about the first purely partisan impeachment proceeding in history. When the House did eventually vote on October 31, not a single Republican voted for the resolution and two Democrats voted against it. The resolution passed with support from 232 Democrats to 196 Republicans, practically along party lines.
The formalized guidelines for public hearings in the inquiry gutted the due process rights of the president and the Republican minority, the first time in history, but the media have never cared about the Democrats’ abuse of power.
House lawmakers subverted the Constitution’s impeachment provisions at every turn without any repudiation from the media. An inquiry had only been conducted in the past after a finding of actual crimes by a specially appointed investigator and with the greatest care and respect for the rights of members of both parties.
During the impeachment inquiry of former President Bill Clinton, Democrats were in the minority of the House of Representatives. They had the ability to subpoena witnesses and documents on President Clinton’s behalf. President Clinton’s lawyers were also able to participate in examining witnesses, subpoenaing documents, introducing and objecting to evidence, and otherwise defending Clinton against the accusations made against him.
Democrats held a series of televised hearings featuring a slate of ambassadors, career civil servants and law professors, but there were no actual fact witnesses who had evidence of Trump bribing the Ukraine president as they claimed. The evidence presented was actually exculpatory.
The House lawmakers also departed from precedent by conducting the fastest impeachment inquiry in history, wrapping up on December 18, less than three months after it began.
The first article of impeachment for ‘abuse of power’ defied Trump’s authority as chief law enforcement officer which empowers him to investigate crimes. The second for ‘obstruction of Congress’ willfully dismissed Trump’s authority under Article II of the Constitution to withhold documents and witnesses from Congress. It also trampled on the authority of the judicial branch to settle disputes between the executive and legislative branches.
On the night of the impeachment after passing the measure on another historic party line vote, Pelosi again defied precedent, refusing to forward the articles to the Senate.
House lawmakers used the delay to pressure Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to bow to their demands for more witnesses and documents for the trial. It was an acknowledgment that the evidence they presented for impeachment was not convincing in the least.
McConnell called Trump’s impeachment “the most rushed, least thorough, and most unfair impeachment inquiry in modern history” compared to those of other presidents. He argued the White House stonewalling of the House was a “routine occurrence” between the executive and legislative branches and chastised Democrats for crossing the impeachment ‘Rubicon’ because they “disagree with a presidential act.”
“Now, their slapdash process has concluded in the first purely partisan presidential impeachment since the wake of the civil war,” McConnell said.
“This particular House of Representatives has let its partisan rage at this particular president create a toxic new precedent that will echo well into the future,” he proclaimed.
Pelosi’s refusal to accept Trump’s acquittal is consistent with her disregard for the Constitution and American traditions of due process rights and a speedy and fair trial for the accused.
Her new crusade only proves that her tenure as House Speaker has been the most inconsequential with regard to passing legislation that impacts our lives, while being the most toxic and partisan.