Impeachment




Trump’s pardon power is vast, “except in cases of impeachment”

To stop Trump from going on a pardon spree designed to pardon potential witnesses against him in an impeachment inquiry or proceeding, why can’t the House of Representatives simply initiate an impeachment inquiry?

In a similar vein, if the President issues pardons to witnesses who may be called against him in a criminal investigation, this would appear to constitute obstruction of justice.

Clearly Trump could be prosecuted after he leaves office for committing the crime of obstruction of justice. Whether his pardons would be effective vis-à-vis those he has pardoned is a separate question. There are powerful legal arguments supporting the conclusion that they should and can not be effective.




Imagine: Adolf Hitler in the White House

Democrats and other opponents of Donald Trump have been incredibly naive over the last four years. They simply can’t imagine that, in this wonderful country whose democracy has stood firm for over 200 years–except during the Civil War (1861-1865)–a fascist American President would do anything necessary to retain his hold on power.

In order to set aside our innate American naïveté and innocent prejudices about what is and is not conceivable, it is useful to simply imagine that the fascist Leader in the American White House is Adolf Hitler.
Is there anything Adolf Hitler might not do, in order to retain his hold on power?

That’s the intellectual exercise.

Now, what should American democrats and supporters of t’he Constitution do, or be prepared to do, to defend the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to lead the next government of the United States?