What Does a President Have to Do to Get Impeached?
June 23, 2014
The U.S. Constitution provides for the removal of a sitting president through impeachment because our founders knew that all men have a propensity for evil. The first president to be impeached was Democrat Andrew Johnson who became president upon the death of Abraham Lincoln.
Johnson had removed his Secretary of War from his cabinet thereby violating the Tenure of Office Act that was later declared unconstitutional. He was charged with bringing into “disgrace, ridicule, hatred, contempt, and reproach the Congress of the United States.” The House voted overwhelmingly to impeach; however, the trial in the Senate was short one vote for conviction so he served his term as President.
Richard Nixon was accused of obstruction of justice and abuse of power and the House Judiciary Committee voted for his impeachment; however, he resigned his office and the full House did not consider the issue. Nixon’s sin was the cover-up of a bungled robbery of the Democrat National Committee offices by the Committee to Re-elect President Nixon. Of Nixon’s guilt of trying to obstruct justice and abuse of power there is no doubt and to keep from being drummed out of the Oval Office, he resigned, the first U.S. President to do so.
Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives on two charges, one of perjury and one of obstruction of justice on December 19, 1998. Sixty-seven senators were required to find him guilty but only 50 voted for impeachment. The five Republicans who refused to impeach him on both counts were all located on the political spectrum far left of The New York Times.
A blind and deaf man with the IQ of his ring-size knew Clinton was guilty but not one Democrat voted for impeachment! Gutless Republican Senator Alan Specter voted “Not Proven” but William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court who was presiding, decreed that it was a “not guilty” vote.
Clinton went “scot-free” proving that a President can perjure himself and obstruct justice and not pay the price. Moreover, he is still loved and respected by the American public and has received up to $500,000 per speech since leaving office! Sometimes crime does pay–very well.
Our sitting President has done more mischievous and illegal acts than all the previous presidents put together; yet the weak, wobbly, worthless, witless Congress has refused to impeach him proving that they are as culpable as he.
Obama’s appointment of left-wing socialists and Communists are myriad, mysterious, and maddening to freedom-loving Americans. It seems there is a concerted effort to destroy this nation. Maybe The Manchurian Candidate wasn’t just a novel (1959).
It is astounding that Obama’s Attorney General was permitted to disregard American values and laws especially relating to gun running (Fast and Furious) without going to prison. His crime resulted in the death of at least one Federal Agent.
Moreover, the incredible, incendiary, and insane failure to seal the southern border is mind-boggling. Mothers with children are showing up demanding the right to invade our nation! Furthermore, hundreds of unaccompanied children are flooding the border as I write!
After thousands of Americans were killed in Iraq and many thousands maimed, we fled the nation and permitted the most vicious Muslim terrorists to take control of its major cities. At this moment, they are marching on Baghdad. It seems everything Obama touches turns to failure.
The scandal at the Veterans Administration where hundreds of vets were forced onto a waiting list to receive treatment is worthy of impeachment; however, he is given a pass since the VA was also a mess under other presidents.
Finally there is much speculation about his being impeached for his other high crimes and misdemeanors:
-Many intelligent, honest people have serious doubts that Obama is even a U.S. citizen! He says he was born in Hawaii; however, there is evidence that he was born in Kenya. Why not remove all doubt and provide original documents to prove his birthplace? There is evidence that he traveled to Pakistan on a passport that reveals his true place of birth but he refuses to provide the documents.
-He refuses to provide the information about his education at Columbia and Harvard. Is he concerned about his poor grades or would the documents reveal he was a student from a foreign nation? I don’t know but Obama could easily settle the issue by surrendering the documents. Moreover, Donald Trump has offered to give $5 million to Obama’s favorite charity if he reveals his school and passport records. What reason could Obama have for not doing so unless it is fear?
-On September 11, 2012, an attack occurred at the U.S. compound in Benghazi resulting in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. White House hacks immediately blamed the assault on a crude video that was critical of Mohammed and Islam. But now we know that it was an orchestrated attack by a Muslim terrorist group. Five days after the tragedy, White House spokeswoman, Susan Rice appeared on five major television shows to deflect the flak from angry Americans. She lied after Americans died. The White House and Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State knew from the beginning that it was not a simple demonstration that went awry but a concerted terrorist attack upon Americans and American property.
President Obama has repeatedly refused to answer whether the four dead Americans were denied help. Of course they were, but the White House and the State Department have sought to cover their behinds instead of confessing palpable guilt and their massive cover-up. Anyone with character would have resigned their leadership positions but Obama and Clinton refused to do so.
But it gets worser and worser.
-Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from camp in Afghanistan and went searching for the enemy without his gun! He is a deserter and, from the evidence, he colluded with the enemy. To equate him with brave soldiers who risk their lives every day is beyond the pale. He went after the Taliban and found them. After five years in “captivity” Bergdahl was exchanged for five top Taliban terrorists imprisoned in Gitmo. Reports reveal that at least six fellow soldiers were killed seeking to free him.
-Obama was required by federal law to get permission from the Congress at least 30 days before releasing any Gitmo prisoners. He refused to obey that law. Someone needs to remind him that he is the President not the Emperor. He may rule but he doesn’t reign and he will rue the day when those freed terrorists kill more Americans.
Do the members of Congress know how to spell impeachment? Get to it. Or maybe this November’s elections will bring in better spellers.
Dr. Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives; ran a large Christian school in Indianapolis, wrote columns for USA Today
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