Constitutional lawyer Michael Connelly has drawn up Articles of Impeachment against President Barack Obama in order to send them to Congress.
The document was drawn up in accordance with Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution.
That section states, “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.”
It should be noted here that “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” could refer to almost any significant breach of public trust, according to many constitutional scholars.
And there can be little doubt that Obama has violated the public trust on multiple occasions, so much so that the majority of Americans agree that he regularly lies to the American people about “important” issues.
In full, Connelly’s document reads (H/T Truth and Action):
Resolution Impeaching Barack Hussein Obama, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors. Resolved, That Barack Hussein Obama, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate: Articles of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America, against Barack Hussein Obama, President of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanors.
While some might object to the lack of specificity in the document about Obama’s actions, that could actually be for the best, allowing individual representatives to decide for themselves on what grounds the president deserves impeachment.
And there are plenty to choose from.
Lying to the people about the vast federal overreach that is his signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act, for example. Pulling all American troops from Iraq and allowing the rise of the Islamic State group is probably defensible as simple bad judgment — but lying to the American people about it afterwards is not.
Certainly, negotiating with enemies of the United States like the Taliban to secure the release of an accused army deserter would seem to be a violation of the public trust, as would breaking the law to accomplish the trade of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
And don’t even get me started on his executive actions like granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants without the slightest input from Congress except for one deranged public statement from Nancy Pelosi.
In fact, the list is practically endless.
There are some who argue that impeachment is a waste of time, as, even with a Republican majority, the Senate is highly unlikely to vote by a two-thirds majority to convict Obama and remove him from office.
But the Constitution doesn’t state that officials should be impeached by the House if the Senate is likely to convict them. It calls for impeachment proceedings when the House has reason to believe that an impeachable offense has been committed.
Surely, that threshold was passed long, long ago.