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No, but since the left has been fixated on this for years, it will probably happen.
In March 2016, even before he was nominated, an article in Politico asked, “Could Trump be impeached shortly after he takes office?” adding, “Trump can be sure the impeachment chatter isn’t going away anytime soon.”
And it never has.
In March 2017, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters chanted, “Impeach 45.”
In January 2019, on inauguration, Rep. Rashida Tliab claimed “we’re going to impeach,” using a profane reference to Trump.
In March 2019, the “Atlantic Monthly” called for impeachment, citing policies they claimed were an attack on American democracy. How ironic, because they disagreed with his policies, they proposed to nullify the 2016 election.
The Founding Fathers considered, but rejected, policy disagreements as grounds for impeachment. They reasoned it would give too much power to Congress. They limited the grounds to “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Hunting for grounds, the Dems pursued the futile Russian collusion, and collusion obstruction investigations. Now there is the Ukraine-Biden investigation, which concerns a phone call between President Trump and newly elected Ukrainian President Zelensky.
Allegedly, Zelensky was to investigate Biden and 2016 election interference in exchange for military aid. However, a transcript of the call has been released, and there was no suggestion of such an exchange. Zelensky publicly declared he felt no pressure to do anything. The military aid was given, and there was no investigation started.
At any rate, there is credible evidence that Obama officials requested Ukrainian operatives interfere in the 2016 election. The Justice Department is investigating this. How could it be illegitimate for the president to ask for Ukrainian cooperation in this.
It is the president’s duty to see that our laws are faithfully executed, including criminal laws. Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs) in force between the U.S. and Ukraine,allow for exchange of evidence. Seeking assistance of Ukraine in investigating Americans who may have violated domestic or foreign law is not a legitimate ground for impeaching a president. Mr. Biden is not immune from investigation just because he is running for president. In my opinion, the investigation of Biden is of much greater importance just because he is running for president.
It’s ironic that Biden bragged in 2018 of accomplishing an exchange with the Ukrainian government, telling them: “I am leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.”
The money in question was $1 billion in loan guarantees.
The impeachment effort has been tainted from the start. Prior impeachment procedures have been disregarded. After a month of secret hearings, a resolution outlining untried procedures has been passed. Due process is still ignored, there will be further closed-door hearings, Republican representatives and the president’s attorneys will only be able to question and subpoena witnesses with permission of Democrats.
Even if the president is impeached, what will this accomplish? He will not be taken out of office. The Constitution mandates that two-thirds of sitting senators must vote to convict. That means 17 of the 53 current Republican senators would have to vote in favor of conviction. That is preposterous.
The Dems have used three investigations attempting to take down a sitting president, elected by 63 million people. They have used defamatory leaks, tainted procedures, and the biased media, instead of accomplishing something legislatively to defeat President Trump at the polls. There is no evidence they will succeed. In the battleground states, the latest poll shows 51 percent in Wisconsin to 53 percent oppose impeachment.
The impeachment will come to nothing in the Senate, and I believe it will ultimately help reelect President Donald Trump.
Pamela B. Wolfe of the town of Geneva is a member of the Republican Party of Walworth County.