I’ve been developing a theory about why people (on both sides of the aisle) are so slow to submit articles of impeachment on Trump.
Article II of the United States Constitution states in Section 4 that “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.”
Impeachment isn’t just reserved for the president. It can be done to nearly everyone in the administration tainted by this Russia thing, or the data-analytics/ psyops vote-tampering campaign manipulation tactics being covered by The Guardian, or who engaged in collusion and obstruction of justice, and really, I think it’s obvious that almost his entire administration is corrupt and inept. Even those Trump appointees who came on-board with no previous involvement to either the Russia thing or the Mercer data analytics psyops voting manipulation thing are now tainted by the administration-wide efforts to obsfucate, conceal, and impede the investigations.
And the thing is … we’ve never dealt with that. It’s unprecedented. There’s no blueprint.
Nixon was impeached (resigned to avoid impeachment, whatever), near the end of his term, and replaced by Gerald Ford, who seemed to have been generally unpopular guy, and failed to win a consecutive term as the incumbent candidate.
Clinton’s whole drama wrapped up right at the end of his presidency, and we just transitioned from a Clinton administration to the Bush administration.
So what’s the replacement protocol when an incoming adminstration has failed to fill a majority of the necessary positions of government, and of the appointments they filled, nearly universally chose unqualified persons based on nepotism or other dubious connections to Trump, Russia, and/ or the Mercer family?
I don’t think Congress or our Senators know. I don’t think anyone does. A US president has never been impeached just 6 months into office. A US presidential administration has never been impeached, ever.
Maybe that’s why our politicians are hesitating to move on submitting articles of impeachment?
Because think about it: who’s supposed to lead the government while Trump is impeached and his adminstration cleaned up?
Are we supposed to give Pence a pass? Let Trump’s VP pick– the stalwart Trump apologist and ready spin machine, who’s colluded in the White House obstruction of information? I don’t think so. He’s just as culpable as Trump and the rest.
Thus far, presidents have only been replaced by vice presidents. The current presidential line of succession provides for 17 high office appointees after Pence, and they’re all compromised in some way. Those untainted by Mercer/ Russian/ nepotism issues prior to their appointments have spent the last 6 months colluding with the administration in their efforts to subvert the Russian investigation and obstruct justice through talking points and minimization. And one–Ellen Chao–isn’t even eligible to be president, as she’s not a natural born citizen, which shortens the list by one.
Then there’s the issue of the GOP-dominant House of Representatives. They might be convinced to agree to impeach Trump, but definitely not the rest.
With their hands tied, knowing that submitting the articles of impeachment will go nowhere in the current House, Dems might be hoping to flip enough seats for a Congressional majority in the midterm elections, and then submit the articles of impeachment for a vote.
The GOP might surprise everyone and start the impeachment of Trump themselves. It would go a long ways to redeeming them politically with moderates, and there’s a possibility it could satiate the resistance enough to diffuse (temporarily) the loudest protests. Correctly timed, the sacrifice might even preserve their Congressional majority.
Hypothetically, if we went ahead and pushed for a full administration impeachment, who would oversee the government until a new president is elected? Would we have a midterm presidential election?
A logical compromise seems like an interim bipartisan council-led leadership, with a midterm presidential election, but is that a good idea when we don’t know if we have adequate protections against the psyops/ data analytics manipulations of voting behaviors that landed Trump in the White House?
And who would form the leadership council? Former (living) presidents? Have Senators draw from a hat?
I think the most obvious solution is to impeach the administration, pass an amendment which dissolves be the electoral college with a clause stating the amendment applies retroactively to it’s passage up to a specified amount of years, and install President Clinton, the winner if the popular vote.
I also think the GOP would cry foul at that and run around screaming like they’re chickens with they’re heads cut off. Weird how they’re totally chill–like, stoned levels of cool–when the GOP president spends every weekend at a golf resort, alienates allies and praises dictators, causes a crisis a week, and unnecessarily riskes the lives of intelligence agents, special ops forces, and US soldiers … but freaks out by a democratic president being polite to international allies. (Anyone remember “apology tour”? Fuckin’ GOP.)
So, yeah. I think part of the reason nothing’s happening is because the entire Trump administration is corrupt, and no one quite knows how to go about replacing e an entire government less than 6 months after it replaced the last guy. And we can’t even bring Obama back as the gap/ interim president, both because that’s against the law and the GOP would freak.
So instead everyone just basically watches as Trump has a pressure-induced meltdown, and I honestly would not be surprised if this ends with Trump having a heart attack mid-tweet tirade, or hanging himself in despondent self loathing when he finally realizes how unpopular he actually is.