Why aren’t House Democrats preparing articles of impeachment for Trump?


Erwin Chemerinsky, “Trump just made another huge and illegal power grab; Be very alarmed, Los Angeles Times, August 10, 2020 (9:55 AM).

Since his acquittal on impeachment charges related to the Ukraine by his Republican collaborators in the U.S. Senate, President Trump has engaged in an accelerating series of abuses of power (e.g., obstruction of justice) and unconstitutional executive actions.

The burning question is why House Democrats have not proceeded to conduct an impeachment inquiry and to work on draft articles of impeachment, to be approved and forwarded to the Senate if and when circumstances indicate votes may shift in the Senate.

Perhaps they are doing so, but it seems doubtful given the extent to which the Capitol press generally has its ear to the ground and would race to report any such developments.

Nancy Pelosi and the House leadership probably believe any move toward impeachment would give Trump a campaign issue he could use to distract and to ride to reelection.

But what if Impeachment turns out to be the only tool the Democrats have to ensure that a free and fair election is held, that its results are fairly tabulated (including, e.g., using a functional Post Office), that the electoral college holds a fair and legal vote to elect the new president, and that a peaceful transfer of power occurs on January 20?

If and when the time comes, and Republican votes in the Senate start to shift to uphold democracy and the rule of law, will the House Democrats be prepared, or leave themselves and the country flat-footed due to their not thinking ahead?

Impeachment is the most effective tool, and perhaps the only tool they can use in a timely manner, to defend the American Constitution and democratic government under the rule of law.

Will they use it? Why are they not preparing to be able to use it if it becomes necessary?

Trump has made no secret of his base intentions.

What are the House Democrats waiting for?

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