Tag: Impeachment

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to reports – and audio – of Montana GOP House candidate Greg Gianforte getting physical with a reporter, who claims Gianforte body slammed him and broke his glasses. They also shake their heads as Manchester police stop sharing intelligence on Monday’s bombing with U.S. officials after several sensitive items were made public. And they groan as Washington Post columnist David Ignatius has already decided that the 2018 midterm elections will be all about whether to impeach Trump because he is just so very sure that Robert Mueller will recommend impeachment, Trump won’t resign and Republicans won’t pursue impeachment on their own.

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Fire and Ice Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump couldn’t be more different, yet they have much in common. Both ran for the nomination of parties in which they are not real members. Both men recognized better than 20 competitors the brazen corruption of elites in Washington DC, Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and the coastal metropoles that […]

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Prometheus Americus Watching Trump, a political neophyte, exhorting the forgotten with stolen memories from a golden age, unschooled in the Machiavellian DC art of dissembling, tweeting all night while the failing world sleeps, taking on all comers foreign and domestic with no hesitation, an angry reptile now caged by the God of establishment, tail swirling […]

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Richard Epstein looks at the political and legal fallout from allegations that President Trump may have disclosed classified information to Russian diplomats, and that he may have had an improper conversation with then FBI Director Jim Comey.

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This week, there’s a bombing in Saint Pete, we’re about to nuke Jong Un, there’s a Senate filibuster that’s about to change the tune (there’s a Scout Troup short a child, Kruschev’s due at Idelwild…). Etc. but *we* gentle listeners, are going to talk about panic…as in panic attack…as in the L.A. Times has this time really lost it. And the left can’t take it anymore. Talk to your liberal friends – or find some liberals to befriend and talk to them. They *believe* that Trump is on the threshold of impeachment. Trump’s tweets prove it. It is fascinating and fun to watch the meltdown. (What is a meltdown called when it is pereptual?).

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At night, Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam’s showroom hosts illusionists, concerto pianists, song and dance acts, and run-of-the-mill cruise entertainment. But it was during the day the real stage action occurred as the “O.N.T.P.’s of the Caribbean” (Original NeverTrump Pirates) sat on panels discussing what historically may have been the craziest election cycle of our lifetimes. The Weekly Standard’s post-election cruise included an impressive collection of conservative writers, editors, pundits, politicos, and a few non-Weekly Standard surprises.

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Remember Election night 2016 when the media replayed countless video loops of tearful older feminists and their balding, ponytailed life partners watch Hillary speak to the nation? Remember when the punditry mentioned (all 12,641 times) the “historic moment” when we witnessed the first female ascend to Presidency? The dream was now a reality (of course, […]

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Assuming Trump pulls it off. How soon will he be Impeached? Can we start the pool yet; or is it too early? For me, if there were some way to guarantee this process, I would feel a whole lot better about pulling the trigger for the Donald. I don’t know anything about Gov. Pence but […]

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Obama-TrumpThe gist of the pro-Trump movement is one of extreme anger and “sending a message.” Those involved like what he’s saying about immigration and his violation of other political taboos, and/or they want to show the Establishment™ that a large segment of their constituency is fed up and not going to take it anymore.

Let’s imagine they succeed in getting Trump over the finish line. What kind of response from non-Trump supporters — both on the Left and the Right — should we expect to a Trump Presidency? One of his supporters’ favorite aspects of Trump’s candidacy is that he promises to do as much as possible by executive order. One assumes he won’t just undo Obama’s overreach, but will also attempt to give Democrats a taste of their own medicine. This is where a Trump presidency gets interesting.

It’s likely that several of Obama’s executive orders are unconstitutional, possibly to an impeachable extent. The only reason he’s able to get away with it is because there are enough people in Congress who like what he’s doing or who don’t hate him enough to side against their own party.

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“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully […]

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The Constitution is a brilliant document in its way, but the current administration has amply demonstrated one of its weaknesses. For all its careful separation of powers, the Constitution provides no punishment for disobedient executives short of the nuclear option (impeachment). But impeachment is so drastic (and destabilizing for the country) that Congress will always be reluctant to pursue it. And, as any criminologist can tell you, the worst way to regulate bad behavior is through huge punishments that are inconsistently applied. People with poor impulse control can’t be expected to engage in that sort of long-term planning. (I might get caught, I might end up incarcerated for 30 years, I might be impeached, etc.)

When you have a willful child in the Oval Office, bad things will happen. But if Congress wants to motivate the president to obey the laws, threatening to impeach him probably won’t be the ticket. He needs swift, immediate punishments that are manageable enough to be consistently applied. So, for example:

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ClintonLet me add one more note to my discussion with Peter about the legality of how President Obama has handled the Bowe Bergdahl situation. Peter wrote in response to yesterday’s post:

What I find staggering, though–and I suppose this is really something I should have known, but then Obama has never been president before, has he?–what I find staggering is that when the President of the United States engages in genuine lawlessness, no one can take him to court. Obama enforces ObamaCare selectively, ignores the requirement to report to Congress before releasing prisoners, and permits the IRS to engage in political vendettas…and all Congress can do is hold hearings and sputter. Either that or resort to the very blunt instruments of withholding appropriations or–dare one breathe the word?–introducing resolutions of impeachment.

Can this be so, Professor Yoo?