Hold Your Donkeys, Trump Hasn’t Actually Been Impeached
I wanted to title this one: “Calm Yer Tits, Trump Hasn’t Actually Been Impeached” and if I drink a couple more beers I might change it. Yesterday the House democrats voted to impeach President Trump, but today House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she won’t submit the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial. A liberal Harvard law professor says that if Pelosi won’t submit the articles, the impeachment technically never happened. Apparently impeachment is a process that includes actually passing the articles along to the Senate and without that, the impeachment is just democrats throwing the world’s biggest temper tantrum.
Check this thing out that Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman wrote for Bloomberg today:
Trump Isn’t Impeached Until the House Tells the Senate
Now that the House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald Trump, what is the constitutional status of the two articles of impeachment? Must they be transmitted to the Senate to trigger a trial, or could they be held back by the House until the Senate decides what the trial will look like, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi has hinted ?
…an indefinite delay would pose a serious problem. Impeachment as contemplated by the Constitution does not consist merely of the vote by the House, but of the process of sending the articles to the Senate for trial. Both parts are necessary to make an impeachment under the Constitution: The House must actually send the articles and send managers to the Senate to prosecute the impeachment. And the Senate must actually hold a trial.
Now get ready for the punchline:
If the House does not communicate its impeachment to the Senate, it hasn’t actually impeached the president. If the articles are not transmitted, Trump could legitimately say that he wasn’t truly impeached at all.
House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer announced on Thursday that the House was taking a break and there would be no votes until at least January 7, 2020. That means no “Impeachmass” for liberals to celebrate and, that for at least now, Trump hasn’t been impeached.
This gets even funnier because Constitutionnaly-speaking, the House is obligated to submit articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trail. If Pelosi refuses to send the articles over, Senate Majority leader could charge her with obstruction of Congress, which is one of the bullshit things democrats impeached Trump on in the first place.
One last observation:
Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are saying the articles of impeachment won’t be submitted until Senate Republicans make certain concessions. Doesn’t that qualify as quid pro quo/extortion/bribery? You know, the same thing that democrats accused President Trump of doing and for which they launched their impeachment/coup campaign against him?