….but you didn’t hear it here first. I heard it first, of course, on the day he was elected and I have heard it almost every time I have looked deeply into a Trump subject. The latest clarion on the topic was from the author and former Secretary of Labour to three different presidents, Robert Reich.
Mind you, there are several competing reasons for impeachment and none of them are yet proven altho, on the face of it, one or two are unofficially proved in the court of common sense.
- Trump violated his pledge to “faithfully” execute the laws and the Constitution when he accused his predecessor, President Obama, of illegally wiretapping him; TOUGHEST IMPEACHMENT CHARGE TO PULL OFF, I think…..
- Trump violate the Emolulent clause of the Constitution, which prohibits public officials from accepting money or gifts from foreign governments; SHOULD BE THE EASIEST ONE TO ‘SELL’. All ‘Mericans understand money.
- Trump violated the First Amendment’s freedom of religion provision by instituting a travel ban on residents of seven Muslim-majority countries; and
- Trump violated the First Amendment’s free speech provision by calling the press the “enemy of the American people” and declining critical news outlets access to certain White House events.
Reich also asserts that if Trump colluded with the Russians – in any way – to help his election, that would constitute a fifth reason. Already two close aides have had to resign over private ‘discussions’ with the Russians.
In my opinion, Trump should be impeached simply because of the Emoluments clause in the US Constitution that prohibits a president from profiting from the office. Or receiving gifts. Trump is clearly doing so and, additionally, Melania launched and won a lawsuit that claimed allegations against her limited her ‘brand’s value and her ability to profit from being a ‘first lady’ (a contradiction in terms if ever there was one).
While the first lady making money over her position is not Trump, it suggests an insensitivity to the ‘visuals.’
But we are NOT talking visuals with TRUMP. He got his ‘brand’ protected by the Chinese government a few days after he won the election. They had refused until then. So, clearly, his presidency is now making him more profitable. He is also making money ‘as the president’ because he insists on staying at his golf resort, Mar-a-lago, in Florida. A lot. He charges the Secret Service for staying there while they protect him. His son’s get SS service when they open a new hotel in Vancouver! That makes it extra profitable.
And there are other examples form golf courses to massage parlors. Trump has his fingers in so many pies that profiting from the office is almost inevitable and unavoidable. Think about it….advance notice decisions of the president….insider trading? Spell it T-R-U-M-P.
But, frankly, I do not care. Not really. I expect nothing different. He is a greedy, narcissistic bully and that’s what they do. They get rich and they die like everyone else but with a large bank account….big whoop! The point is: it is against the Constitution to do it. 100%. No wriggle room. See Jimmy Carter’s dilemma with his peanut farm. That Trump ignores that rule has nothing to do with it – it’s a CONSTITUTIONAL rule and that means Congress.
That the House majority Republicans ignore it, however, is another matter. If they choose to continue to ignore their profiteering president, wife and family, their majority in Congress means that he will never experience the ‘rule of law’ as it applies to presidents. That makes the GOP accomplices. That makes them complicit in a crime. That makes them criminals, too. So, we may not only see Trump impeached, we may see the end of the Republican Party. It will be a major setback at the very least.
That sounds a tad mad but the Judiciary is the major check and balance in the US government and they cannot ignore the law. If they do, they are effectively ignoring their own role in government. Somewhere along the line, this HUGE/YUGE conflict of interest will play out.
When that happens, the Republicans will throw Trump under the bus. It’s what they do.