Thomas Gallatin / November 16, 2017

Impeach! Impeach! Democrats Yell

House Dems pander to their base as they trot out dubious articles of impeachment against Trump.

Six House Democrats led by Steve Cohen (D-TN) introduced five articles of impeachment against Donald Trump on Wednesday. The articles include obstruction of justice regarding the Russian collusion investigation for Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey, violations of the emolument clause pertaining to Trump’s continuing to profit from his worldwide business empire, undermining the judiciary for his criticism of judges and his pardoning of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and undermining the First Amendment with his repeated criticism of the press. Cohen concluded his announcement by stating, “We’re calling upon the House to begin impeachment hearings immediately.”

This call for impeaching Trump is just the latest chapter in the long-running effort by Democrats to #Resist Trump ever since he won the election. As Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens observed, “House Democrats lack a positive message and are completely unwilling to work across the aisle, so instead they’ve decided to support a baseless radical effort that the vast majority of Americans disagree with. Republicans are focused on issues the middle class actually cares about, like cutting taxes and growing the economy.”

Even Democrat leadership has been wary of the calls to impeach Trump. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) recently opined that it was “not some place I think we should go.” And Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez also pushed back, telling ABC on Sunday, “I am not talking about impeachment, because I’m talking about good jobs for folks. I’m talking about health care for all. I’m talking about making sure that we’re fighting for the issues that matter most.”

The fact is none of these articles raised by Democrats have sufficient evidence or justifiable cause to instigate impeachment hearings. They are merely the political tools of innuendo and hearsay that Democrats are using to energize and pander to their base, particularly in light of their recent election victories in Virginia and New Jersey. As an aide on the House Judiciary Committee stated, “Under the Constitution, impeachment is an extraordinary remedy to remove certain elected officials from office who have committed high crimes and misdemeanors. It’s the policy of the committee to consider impeachment articles if and when the constitutional criteria for impeachment exists.” In other words, we’re not even close, and Democrats know it.

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