I’m a Far Left Progressive Against Impeachment — Here’s Why

There is no question that President Donald Trump has engaged in behavior that rises to the level of requiring impeachment and removal. This is an objective truth, no matter what his party, his media outlets, and his followers will have you believe.

President Trump is absolutely guilty, but impeachment would be a mistake. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Should you think that is in question, stop here. Should you think the idea that Trump being impeached is preposterous, move your mind out from the shadow of Bullshit Mountain.

From the articles that the House just passed, to clear violations of the emoluments clause, to campaign finance violations, there’s no question Trump could be impeached.

But Democrats erred in following proper procedure.

Until tonight, the stage of impeachment proceedings was set in the Democratic House of Representatives, run by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff. They, more or less, could dictate what was investigated, what witnesses were to be called, and what materials and documents they could issue subpoenas for.

Speaker Pelosi after impeaching President Trump (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

After tonight’s vote, House Democrats passing two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, one for abuse of power and another for obstructing Congress, the setting changes to the Senate for the vote to remove or not remove President Trump from office.

In a functioning, well oiled democracy, we would be exactly where we should be.

But our democracy is far from functioning; it may be on its last breaths before a fall to authoritarianism, as seen in Brazil and Bolivia, with Republicans brazenly admitting their unwillingness to abide by the rule of law.

Senator Mitch McConnell has openly admitted he would coordinate Senate impeachment trial proceedings with White House Counsel — a direct violation of oath and constitutional law. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Just as it was clear that Democrats had enough votes to impeach, it is perhaps even more clear that they are well short of the 67 senate votes needed to remove Donald Trump from office. That would take 20 Republican Senators to cross the aisle and vote to remove (assuming that none of the Democrats or two independents in the Senate vote not to remove).

While its hard to put a numerical value to that probability, I would think you’d have more luck seeing an ice cube survive a blast furnace than seeing the Senate vote to remove Donald Trump.

“But that’s how that works, if they don’t see cause to remove, that’s democracy in action!”

Yes, but only if they are indeed acting as fair jurors. This impeachment will indeed trigger that all sitting Senators take the following oath:

“I solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald J. Trump, now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God.’’

With that oath in mind, let’s have a look at the words of a few Senate Republicans:

Senator Paul Ryan (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

“The Senate will not continue this partisan abuse of power and should at once put an end to the charade.” — Paul Ryan

Senator Lindsey Graham (Michael Reynolds/Reuters)

“This thing will come to the Senate, and it will die quickly, and I will do everything I can to make it die quickly… I am trying to give a pretty clear signal I have made up my mind. I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here.” — Lindsey Graham

“I think what’s best for the country is to get this thing over with. I have clearly made up my mind. I’m not trying to hide the fact that I have disdain for the accusations in the process. So I don’t need any witnesses. … I am ready to vote on the underlying articles. I don’t really need to hear a lot of witnesses.” — Lindsey Graham

And perhaps the most troubling words came from the Senate Majority Leader himself:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Eric Thayer/Reuters)

“I’m not an impartial juror.” — Mitch McConnell

“Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with White House counsel. There will be no difference between the President’s position and our position as to how to handle this. — Mitch McConnell

Let’s play back that oath, one more time:

“I solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald J. Trump, now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God.’’

So if we know the Senate will be openly and brazenly violate their oath of office, and there will be no fairness in that trial, it would be utter foolishness to relinquish control of the process, which Democrats still have, their only real tool against this administration.

With impeachment articles passed, the process moves to a Senate that will surely dismiss it.

Why, Nancy Pelosi?

I wish she was as tough as she looked. (Sarah Silbiger/Getty)

Why not investigate every angle of President Trump’s conduct for additional articles of impeachment?

Why not let time drag for the judicial review of Trump’s abuse of executive privilege in obstructing Congress? (Even if the courts find Trump used his powers here lawfully, articles of impeachment for abuse of office stemming from the Ukraine incident would still stand).

If all you have is a theater to shape public opinion and draw out more damning facts, why not put on a marathon play, running through and beyond the 2020 campaigns?

That, surely, is a lesser abuse of power than Republican Senators admitting with some excitement that they will ignore their constitutional oaths.

I, for one, am tired of watching Democrats play by the rules only to be beat by Republicans with open disdain for the rule of law.

We’ve given up a Supreme Court Justice seat in Merrick Garland. Let’s not make the same mistake here; let’s recognize Republican Senators are party-before-country, and let’s do all we can to replace them.

Breaking: House Majority Leader Pelosi may have an Ace up her sleeve — and a way to keep the Senate from dismissing this in a sham of a trial. Read more here.

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