More Democrats are hopping on the “impeach President Trump” train, despite party leadership’s attempts to tamp down the fringe effort — and the clear lack of evidence to back the fringe’s claims.
Wednesday morning, six House Democrats announced a resolution calling on the House Judiciary Committee to start holding impeachment hearings for Trump. (See previous attempts here, here, here, and here.)
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Let’s look at these most recent claims.
Led by Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., the lawmakers claim that the president should be impeached because he’s violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution with his foreign and domestic business interests, undermined the judiciary and the freedom of the press, and that he obstructed justice.
Again, these aren’t new allegations by any stretch of the imagination, but — just so we’re clear — here’s why each of those STILL don’t work.
- Obstruction of justice: Even if you buy the notion that a sitting president can constitutionally obstruct justice, this claim is — at best — premature, given that FBI special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is still ongoing and no such charges have come of it thus far.
- Foreign and domestic emoluments: This claim was argued ad nauseam a few months ago when the state of Maryland and District of Columbia brought suit against the president on the issue. Helpful hint: If you can find op-eds at both National Review and CNN that simultaneously disagree with your claims, you might be on shaky ground, to say the least.
- Obstruction of the judiciary: What concrete actions has the president taken to infringe on the power of the judiciary? Does his verbal criticism of certain federal judges outweigh the egregious actions that some courts themselves have taken in their naked efforts to obstruct the president?
- Attacks on the free press: Similar question applies here — what concrete actions has the president taken to restrict the freedom of the press? He’s certainly said things that give First Amendment proponents heartburn, but the American press is no less free than it was at 11:59 a.m. on Jan. 20, 2017.
Nevertheless, the impeachment drumbeats persist from the leftist fringe.
So, as a helpful guide to understanding how this process is meant to work, the CHB team put together this video as a helpful guide. Watch:
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Editor’s note: An earlier version of this piece referred to Rep. Cohen as a Republican. He is, of course, a Democrat. CR regrets the error.