We are in Year Two of efforts to impeach Trump.
From Politico on April 17, 2016:
Donald Trump isn’t even the Republican nominee yet. But his incendiary rhetoric, most notably about killing the families of terrorists and bringing back torture, has critics on the right and the left discussing the most extreme of countermeasures at an unusually early point in the race.
“Impeachment” is already on the lips of pundits, newspaper editorials, constitutional scholars, and even a few members of Congress. From the right, Washington attorney Bruce Fein puts the odds at 50/50 that a President Trump commits impeachable offenses as president.
Liberal Florida Rep. Alan Grayson says Trump’s insistence on building a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, if concrete was poured despite Congress’s opposition, could lead down a path toward impeachment.
Even the mainstream Republican head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently tossed out the I-word when discussing the civilian backlash if Trump’s trade war with China led to higher prices on everyday items sold at WalMart and Target. On his radio show last month, Rush Limbaugh even put a very brisk timeline on it: “They’ll be talking impeachment on day two, after the first Trump executive order,” he said.Rush Limbaugh was off by nearly a year, as the article showed. The Washington Establishment wanted him impeached before he locked up the nomination.
From KUTV in Salt Lake City on September 22:
Researchers at the University of Utah said on Monday Nov. 7, there's a strong case to impeach Donald Trump, should he be elected as president.
Law professor Christopher Peterson said he found ample evidence to charge the Republican candidate with fraud and racketeering, both of which are considered felonies within state and federal law.
In his analysis “Trump University and Presidential Impeachment,” Peterson looked at Trump University, where students spent close to $30,000 to learn about practicing real estate. The for-profit college advertised curriculum and instructors chosen by Trump that promised students a high-caliber and selective experience.Peterson is a law professor? I did not know Cracker Jack's toy prizes included a law degree.
So the American people elected Trump president and everyone calmed down.
Ha ha ha ha ha.
From the Media Research Center on November 10:
ABC's George Stephanopoulos raised the prospect of the impeachment of President-Elect Trump on Thursday's Good Morning America, as the morning show spotlighted the multiple civil lawsuits against the billionaire. The former Clinton administration communications director underlined that "if he takes the risk of going to trial and he's convicted, that could be seen as an impeachable offense." ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams corrected Stephanopoulos's faulty take: "You can't impeach someone for stuff that they did before they became president."Once a Clinton spokesman, always a Clinton spokesman, eh George?
From the Washington Post on November 11:
‘Prediction professor’ who called Trump’s big win also made another forecast: Trump will be impeached
Few prognosticators predicted a Donald Trump victory ahead of Tuesday night. Polls showed Hillary Clinton comfortably ahead, and much of America (chiefly the media) failed to anticipate the wave of pro-Trump support that propelled him to victory. But a Washington, D.C.-based professor insisted that Trump was lined up for a win — based on the idea that elections are “primarily a reflection on the performance of the party in power.”
Allan Lichtman uses a historically based system of what he calls “keys” to predict election results ahead of time. The keys are explained in-depth in Lichtman’s book, “Predicting the Next President: The Keys to the White House 2016.” In our conversations in September and October, he outlined how President Obama's second term set the Democrats up for a tight race, and his keys tipped the balance in Trump's favor, even if just barely.
At the end of our September conversation, Lichtman made another call: that if elected, Trump would eventually be impeached by a Republican Congress that would prefer a President Mike Pence — someone whom establishment Republicans know and trust.So a man the Post had written off as a nut before the election suddenly was the wisest man in the nation.
From the Associated Press on November 12:
Police have set up barricades in front of some of the most expensive stores in New York City as an anti-Donald Trump protest continued along Fifth Avenue.
During the demonstration, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, who is a Trump critic and recently laid out a 7-step plan on how to take back the country and impeach the President-elect, entered the lobby of Trump Tower with a camera crew in tow and asked to see Trump. He was denied.That is what America likes, a gracious loser.
Michael Hafford of Yahoo News offered grounds for impeachment on November 29:
The emoluments clause is a little-invoked piece of the Constitution that basically says that the President can't accept gifts from foreign powers without the consent of Congress. Obviously, that doesn't mean that the President can't accept a ceremonial sword, say. It does mean that the President can't accept large sums of cash from foreign governments. (Before you say it: Should Clinton have won, she surely would have either disallowed her charitable foundation from accepting foreign donations, or disconnected her family from it entirely.)
No big deal, right?
Wrong. Trump's wide variety of business interests at high levels place him in contact with members of the ruling party of a wide variety of countries around the world. The New York Times has an excellent list of these potential conflicts. But you don't even have to leave Washington D.C. to find a potential immediate violation of the emoluments clause.
His Washington D.C. hotel, the much-publicized site of his fake-out presser in which he temporarily disavowed his Birther stance, has been a hotbed for foreign diplomats seeking to curry favour with the President. Should he encourage the diplomats to stay there at a rate different than the market rate, he would be accepting cash from a foreign power and would therefore be in violation of the emoluments clause. He told the Times that his hotel has become a hot property since he's been elected. Should its rates rise, that would be a potential violation.So someone spending a night at Trump International Hotel in Washington DC would cancel the votes of 65 million people on November 8. That is a lot of power to give the Russian, Chinese or Iranian governments.
In a piece titled, "The Evidence to Impeach Donald Trump May Already Be Here," Vanity Fair was cool with giving that power to veto our election to the governments of Azerbaijan, Bahrain and Kuwait on December 20:
ThinkProgress reported on Monday that the Embassy of Kuwait allegedly canceled a contract it had signed with the Four Seasons for an event it usually holds at the Georgetown hotel after it received pressure from the Trump Organization to move it to the aforementioned Trump International Hotel, just a few blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. The embassy canceled with the Four Seasons, ThinkProgress noted, just after The Washington Post ran a story about the hotel hosting diplomats for an event at which it was actively encouraging diplomats to patronize the hotel. “Believe me, all the delegations will go there, ” one diplomat told the Post. A couple weeks later, Politico reported that Bahrain was planning to host a reception at Trump’s hotel in early December. The Republic of Azerbaijan decided to co-host a Hanukkah party there, as well.Book a room, destroy a presidency.
What wonderfully patriotic Americans they have at Vanity Fair.
A week earlier, the Chicago Tribune gave space to Jack Rakove, a history and political science professor at Stanford University, to impeach our next president:
Though they will not say it (yet), we can safely intuit that Republican congressmen, in their heart of hearts, are already wondering about presidential impeachment. How can they possibly avoid that thought? After all, Republicans lost one president (Trump's supposed idol, Richard Nixon) to a near-impeachment in 1974, and when they impeached Bill Clinton in 1998, they lowered the bar of "high crimes and misdemeanors" as far as it could possibly go. Trump will be the gift that keeps on giving, and by the standards the Republicans set against Clinton, if he performs as badly as so many of us expect he will, Vice President Pence will become a very attractive alternative. And Republicans know this already.Impeach first, find a charge later.
On Inauguration Day, the media went all-in on crazy by publicizing the impeachment effort.
GQ offered readers, "How to Impeach a U.S. President (Say, Donald Trump), Explained."
Now there is a do-it-yourself project for a back yard anarchist.
From the Washington Post:
The effort to impeach President Donald John Trump is already underway.
At the moment the new commander in chief was sworn in, a campaign to build public support for his impeachment went live at ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.org, spearheaded by two liberal advocacy groups aiming to lay the groundwork for his eventual ejection from the White House.
The organizers behind the campaign, Free Speech for People and RootsAction, are hinging their case on Trump’s insistence on maintaining ownership of his luxury hotel and golf course business while in office. Ethics experts have warned that his financial holdings could potentially lead to constitutional violations and undermine public faith in his decision-making.
Their effort is early, strategists admit. But they insist it is not premature — even if it triggers an angry backlash from those who will argue that they are not giving the new president a chance.Yep, it is never too soon for crazy.
Time magazine raised the level of these two groups in its description:
Two civil rights groups trying to boot President Donald Trump from the nation’s highest office have launched an online campaign to get the brand new commander-in-chief impeached.Civil rights groups. Wow. ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.org is a 21st century NAACP.
Small wonder this century is so suck-o.
Jason Silverstein of the New York Daily News wrote:
The Presidency of Donald Trump has begun — and he may already be setting himself up for possible impeachment proceedings.
"In terms of conflicts and potential issues, we have never seen an incoming administration with them on this level," Jordan Libowitz, communications director at the ethics watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told the Daily News.
"It's all uncharted territory."
Trump's bad behavior — the insults, the mistruths, the tweetstorms, the sexism, and all the rest — have been piling scandals upon scandals since the day he declared his candidacy.In Silverstein's alt-left world, the Constitution allows impeachment not just for High Crimes and Misdemeanors, but also for insults, mistruths, tweetstorms, and sexism.
The day before the inauguration, Fox News reported:
As more Democrats get on the bandwagon of boycotting President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, one lawmaker – Rep. Maxine Waters – took the opposition a big step further Monday and floated the possibility of impeachment.
Waters, D-Calif., is one of at least 53 Democratic lawmakers pledging to boycott the Jan. 20 inauguration, joining Rep. John Lewis and others after he declared Trump an illegitimate president in light of alleged Russian interference in the election.
However, Waters took that charge to the next level in an interview on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” saying if some form of collusion were found between the Russians and the Trump campaign, the question of Trump’s impeachment should be raised.
“If we discover that Donald Trump or his advocates played a role in helping to devise strategy, if they are the ones who came up with 'Crooked Hillary,' if they are the ones who came up with 'she's ill,' 'something's wrong with her energy,' and the way that he basically described her in the campaign, I think that is something that would put the question squarely on the table whether or not he should be impeached,” she said.You heard of the Boy Who Cried Wolf?
She is the Crook Who Cried Impeachment.
And she has plenty of company.
Did I say crook?
From Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on September 19, 2011:
In the midst of a national financial catastrophe, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) used her position as a senior member of Congress and member of the House Financial Services Committee to prevail upon Treasury officials to meet with OneUnited Bank. She never disclosed that her husband held stock in the bank. This outrageous conduct has led Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington to include the congresswoman as one of the Most Corrupt Members of Congress. Click here to read the full report on Rep. Waters.
“By contacting then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to request a meeting, allegedly for a group of minority-owned banks, but then arranging for only one bank – OneUnited, in which she had a financial interest – to attend, Rep. Waters violated House conflict of interest rules,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan.
Around the same time Rep. Waters asked the Treasury Department to hold the initial meeting, Rep. Waters spoke to Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) about OneUnited, telling him that her husband previously had served on the board. Rep. Frank advised her to stay out of matters related to the bank. Nevertheless, Rep. Waters’ chief of staff and grandson, Mikael Moore, continued to actively assist OneUnited representatives in their quest to receive bailout funds, and worked to craft legislation authorizing Treasury to grant OneUnited’s request.
Rep. Waters was scheduled for an ethics trial on November 29, 2010, but the House Ethics Committee postponed the hearing. Inconsistent reports have emerged suggesting both potential new evidence and serious misconduct by two of the committee’s attorneys and improper conduct by committee members. In July 2011, the committee hired respected D.C attorney Billy Martin as outside counsel to investigate both the case against Rep. Waters and the committee itself.
“The ethics committee has handled the case against Rep. Waters with the maturity of school children,” said Ms. Sloan. “Happily, adult supervision in the form of Mr. Martin has been brought in to clean up the mess.”Trump vowed to drain the swamp.
Old gators like Waters were howling mad.
Can you blame them?
They became millionaires by living in that swamp.
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