Impeachment: All you need to know (and you do need to know it)

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1. It is NOT necessary that the President, other officers in the executive  branch, or federal judges commit a crime before they may be impeached &  removed from office.

Federalist  Paper No. 66 (2nd para) & Federalist  No. 77 (last para)  show that the President may be impeached & removed for  encroachments, i.e., usurpations of power.

Federal judges may also be impeached & removed for  usurpations of power (Federalist  No. 81, 8th para).

Throughout The Federalist Papers, it is stated that impeachment is for  “political offenses”.

2. The House has the SOLE power of impeachment (Art. I, Sec. 2, last  clause).  The Senate has the SOLE power to try all impeachments (Art. I,  Sec. 3, next to last clause).  The decision to convict is not reviewable by  any other body – and common sense tells us what that means!  The House  may impeach, and the Senate may convict, for any reason whatsoever; and their  decision cannot be overturned.

3. The meaning of “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and  Misdemeanors” at Art. II, Sec. 4, is far broader than one might at first glance  think.  Somewhere I saw a scholarly paper showing that the “high” refers to  the status of the official – it does not refer to the severity of the offense. 

Now, note well!  Misdemeanor” has a broader meaning than “a lesser category  of criminal offense”.  Webster’s  1828 Dictionary shows the primary meaning is:  “Ill behavior;  evil conduct; fault; mismanagement.”

This shows that a President, Vice-president, and all civil Officers and  Judges of the United States may be impeached, tried, convicted, and removed from  office for “mismanagement”.

4. Errant members of Congress are never impeached – they are expelled (Art.  I, Sec. 5, cl. 2).

5. Military personnel are never impeached – they are court-martialed (see  UCMJ – Uniform Code of Military Justice), and may be kicked out of the military. 

6. It is not feasible to criminally prosecute, under federal law, a sitting  President: his prosecutors, the Attorney General and the U.S. Attorneys, all  serve at the President’s pleasure.  He can fire anyone who dares to criminally  prosecute him.  That is why sitting Presidents who have committed federal crimes  must first be removed from office via impeachment, then be  criminally prosecuted.  (Federalist No. 69, 4th para). 

But do not  forget: A President may – and should – be impeached &  removed for usurpations of power, mismanagement, incompetence, or for any  other reason deemed sufficient by Congress.

The lawful methods of getting rid of a  sitting President [whether eligible or not to hold the office], in  addition to impeachment, are set forth in the 25th Amendment: Natural  death, resignation, or inability to do the job.

The 22nd Amendment permits Congress to make laws providing for  succession where a President  elect has not qualified.

Do not spin your wheels in fruitless insistence that a person (who may still  be an Indonesian national) who occupies the office of President can’t be  impeached because he is ineligible to hold that office.  The FACT is that  he holds the office.  Impeachment is a lawful &  constitutional method to rid ourselves of this blight.

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2 thoughts on “Impeachment: All you need to know (and you do need to know it)

  1. no one in the senate or congress will do anything because of nsa has all of thier e-mails and phone calls all thier skeltons and whoring around and will be told if they do anything against the muslim in thief

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