Trump’s Threat To Go To Court Over Impeachment Defies Ruling

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President Donald Trump said Wednesday he’ll go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court “if the partisan Dems” ever try to impeach him.

But Trump’s strategy could run into a roadblock: the high court itself, which said in 1993 that the framers of the U.S. Constitution didn’t intend for the courts to have the power to review impeachment proceedings. The Supreme Court ruled that impeachment and removal from office is Congress’ duty alone.

“I DID NOTHING WRONG,” Trump tweeted. He said not only are there no “High Crimes and Misdemeanors,” one of the bases for impeachment outlined in the Constitution, “there are no Crimes by me at all.”

He alleged Democrats committed crimes and said they’re looking “to Congress as last hope!” because “We waited for Mueller and WON.” That was a reference to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The Mueller report did not establish a criminal conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election but revealed that Trump tried to seize control of the Russia investigation. In the report, released last week, Mueller laid out multiple episodes in which Trump directed other people to influence or curtail the investigation after the special counsel’s 2017 appointment, but he said those efforts “were mostly unsuccessful,” largely because “the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.”

Trump’s threat to “head to the U.S. Supreme Court” would seem to face an uphill battle. In his 1993 opinion, Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote that a federal judge’s appeal of his impeachment was not reviewable by courts. He said the framers of the Constitution “did not intend for the courts to have the power to review impeachment proceedings.”

If the courts were allowed to review impeachments, Rehnquist wrote, it could plunge the country into “months, or perhaps years, of chaos.”

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, who subpoenaed former White House counsel Don McGahn , said this week in a statement that Mueller’s report, even in redacted form, “outlines substantial evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction and other abuses.”

But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has urged divided Democrats to focus on fact-finding rather than the prospect of any impeachment proceedings after the damning details of Mueller’s report.

(AP)




3 COMMENTS

  1. In matters of impeachment, the Senate has the final word and is not appealable. The Supreme Court has little of no role in impeachment, except that when the president is impeachment, the Chief Justice presides of the Senate. Given that Trump has apparently done nothing impeachable (rudeness, sarcasm, lashon ha’ra and political incorrectness are NOT impeachable offenses), he should probably shut up and let the Democrats put their feet in their own mouth just as the Republicans did when they impeached Clinton for something that was also clearly not an impeachable offense.

  2. akuperma, perjury is a crime for which people go to prison. It is certainly an impeachable offense. The senate was wrong to acquit Clinton.

    If Clinton had had any sense of decency, before claiming that what he did was not so bad he should have pardoned every person who was at that time sitting in federal prison, under his authority, for doing exactly the same thing he did.