By Charles Benninghoff
Las Vegas, NV – Can President Trump be found guilty of obstruction and impeached as a result?
Not when you have a wonderful thing called the Constitution protecting you!
Just over a year since the election and there’s one thing that we as a nation have come to get used to.
That’s the fact that the Democrats will stop at nothing to try to undermine President Trump’s time in office.
Doesn’t matter what he says, how he says it, or what he does, they look for every angle to try and fry him.
Fried Trump à l’orange! Do you want him under glass? The Dems do.
The latest attempt to fry The Donald comes in response to a Twitter post, where liberals are saying it is evidence of the President admitting to an obstruction of justice.
While Democrats are great at hurling accusations and creating scenarios to try and further their cause of disrupting his presidency, we all know they are not so sharp on a little thing we Americans call the Constitution.
If the Dems were, they would know that while some people may feel the laws are a little questionable, a sitting President of the United States cannot be guilty of obstruction of justice, nor can he be found guilty of collusion when what he is doing is carrying out the functions of the office of President.
John Dowd, who is the attorney for the President outside of the oval office, has chimed in to be one of the first to denounce the idea on its face. He has shared his legal opinion with the nation, citing that the President is the chief law enforcement officer of the land. He also has a right to his opinion, as much as millions of people would love for that to not be so.
As others who are scholarly regarding the Constitution have weighed in reporting, the laws are quite clear regarding who can remove a sitting President.
Our founding fathers knew that there would be people who were always naysayers of the sitting President and would actively look for reasons to have him impeached.
Therefore, they gave the power of impeachment to the House of Representatives.
Impeachment, as we should all know by now, is a formal finding that high crimes and misdemeanors have been committed and that a particular person is more likely than not to be the culprit.
The power to remove our President lies in the hands of 100 senators who perform a trial of the impeachable offense found to be true by the House.
People who have been elected by the voters in this nation to enumerated office cannot willy-nilly be charged with crimes. There is a process that must be gone through that we examine here in detail.
Shall we remind the Democrats that it is the Republicans who hold a majority at this time? There is a very slim chance that they would vote for impeachment, especially on such arbitrary reasons.
In order for a sitting President to ever be brought up on such charges, he would first need to be removed by the House of Representatives. Then the Senate would decide the conviction.
Starting with the fact that the Tweet in question wasn’t an admission of obstruction and following through with the fact that there’s only one body strong enough to vote for impeachment, the Democrats are showing once again how good they are at producing smoke in mirrors.
Article II of the Constitution sets out the rules by which the President, Vice President, or other officials may be impeached. The Framers defined impeachable offenses as “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
The Constitutional Convention selected these words after considering and rejecting other descriptions.
Though there is disagreement on what these misdeeds entail, impeachment is understood to be a remedy for extreme situations.
Just as the description reﬂects the extreme and serious nature of the oﬀenses and the impeachment proceedings, so does the procedure of the impeachment itself. Impeachment requires a majority vote in the House of Representatives. The case then moves to the Senate, in which a two-thirds vote is required to remove an official from office. Article I, Section 3,
Clause 7 lists the punishments for impeachment: a convicted official is barred from “Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States.”
The Framers did not want impeachment to be merely a tool for removing officials or a political stunt. The threat of impeachment would encourage honorable behavior in office and would provide a remedy for removing those who betray the interest of the country.
The track record of impeachments of Presidents and judges suggests, according to Stephen B. Presser, that impeachments have been conducted sparingly and cautiously.
Only a few officials have been impeached and removed from office.
The three most well-known trials have been those against President Andrew Johnson (for firing a Cabinet official without congressional approval); President William Clinton (for several scandals including obstruction of justice and lying to a grand jury); and United States Associate Justice Samuel Chase (for Chase’s unusual behavior, short temper, and public criticism of President Thomas Jeﬀerson).
None of these men were removed from office
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