Trump thinks the courts might save him from impeachment. It doesn’t work like that.

  
Via:  john-russell  •  3 months ago  •  7 comments

Trump thinks the courts might save him from impeachment. It doesn’t work like that.
Trump’s suggestion of appealing an impeachment conviction to the Supreme Court is genuinely absurd.

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Trump thinks the courts might save him from impeachment. It doesn’t work like that.


Aaron Rupar@atrupar

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President Donald Trump on Thursday morning revealed some profound confusion about the Constitution he’s sworn to preserve, protect, and defend — particularly the parts that detail how a commander in chief can be removed from office.

Asked during a Q&A session with reporters whether he’s concerned about getting impeached, Trump said, “I can’t imagine the courts allowing it.”

“I’ve never gone into it — I never thought that would even be possible to be using that word,” he continued. “To me it’s a dirty word, the word ‘impeach.’ It’s a dirty, filthy, disgusting word.”

There’s just one problem. As Lawfare’s Quinta Jurecic explainedlast month when Trump posted tweets suggesting he’d appeal his impeachment to the Supreme Court, the courts have nothing to do with it. Impeachment is a congressional process:


[W]ithout a dramatic change in the underlying case law, Trump’s suggestion of appealing an impeachment conviction to the Supreme Court is genuinely absurd. The Constitution establishes that “[t]he House ... shall have the sole Power of Impeachment” and that “[t]he Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.”

Jurecic notes that Trump likely got the idea that impeachment could be appealed to the courts from Alan Dershowitz, a staunch Trump defender who regularly appears on Fox News and penned a recent book called The Case Against the Democratic House Impeaching Trump, which suggests “[w]ere a president to announce that he refused to accept the actions of the Senate in voting for his removal … and that he would not leave office unless the Supreme Court affirmed his removal, the people might well agree with him.”

Trump’s comments expressing confusion about impeachment come as calls for the House to begin hearings toward that end are becoming louder. In the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller’s televised statement on Wednesday in which he pointedly did not exonerate Trump of impeachable offenses, numerous Democratic presidential candidates spoke out unambiguously in support of impeachment hearings. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Jerry Nadler (who chairs the House committee that would initiate impeachment proceedings) did not go quite so far. And even if the House were to impeach Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate would be extremely unlikely to remove him from office.

Impeachment wasn’t the only thing Trump expressed confusion about on Thursday morning. In response to another question, he asserted that “Russia did not help me get elected” — a position that contradicts not only the Mueller report but also a tweet Trump posted just an hour earlier in which he claimed “I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected.”


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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    3 months ago

I wonder it is like to be a Trump supporter who has to try and defend an ignoramus every day. 

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
1.1  Freedom Warrior  replied to  JohnRussell @1    3 months ago

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igknorantzrulz
1.1.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Freedom Warrior @1.1    3 months ago

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What could this A Whole Lott of Bovine Excrement excretion , cranium deficient coefficient in effeshency  extradinariree chirpin n tweetin like the coal minds daughters' canary, squaking out more lies while lieing their ,

like a cadavar receiving, what Putins' , Putting in to our POTUS, and OUR WHITE HOUSE,

making it a Red House, over yonder, 

in the Orange you glad Trumps' pear isn't Adams apple height , inn the red light distraction district dictating alot about trumpp

 
 
 
pat wilson
1.1.2  pat wilson  replied to  Freedom Warrior @1.1    3 months ago

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You can wish in one hand and s#*t in the other. Tell me which one fills up first.

 
 
 
Krishna
2  Krishna    3 months ago

Asked during a Q&A session with reporters whether he’s concerned about getting impeached, Trump said, “I can’t imagine the courts allowing it.”

What an amazing amount of ignorance of the U.S. Constitution! The courts have no role in the Impeachment process--none!

The Constitution makes it quite clear which branch of government has the sole power of Impeachment!

The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment. (LINK)

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
2.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Krishna @2    3 months ago
he Constitution makes it quite clear which branch of government has the sole power of Impeachment!

Who are you supposing ever read Trump the Constitution ?

 
 
 
bbl-1
3  bbl-1    3 months ago

"Trump Thinks."  And there is the beginning and end to the problem.

I have a strange feeling 'something' lurks at the horizon.  the Trump's options are dwindling.  Those options were never real anyway.  To the Trump's compromisers, his usefulness may soon become a liability.

 
 
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