Most of the Democratic presidential hopefuls have come out in support of impeaching President Trump. On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden stated that President Trump “may have committed a crime.”
Unfortunately for Democrats and the media, the President cannot be impeached on what they believe to be true without evidence.
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors —Article II, Section 4.
The main argument that the media and Democrats are using to claim they have a case for impeachment hinges on “other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” They have interpreted this line as to mean whatever they have imagined Donald Trump doing.
It has been debated for centuries about what exactly “high crimes and misdemeanors” means. Engel said that, given that the concept of the presidency was created with Washington in mind, a good shorthand is, “Imagine something that you can’t imagine George Washington doing.”
He also said that “high crimes and misdemeanors” would have been no more mysterious to the framers than the expression “balls and strikes” is to us. In fact, in the July 19 and July 20 debate at the Constitutional Convention, Madison and others described several specific instances that would qualify.
“They say, ‘Well, what if a president works with a foreign power? Well, then, of course, he should be impeached.
What if a president decides to try and make money in office? Well, of course, he should be impeached.
What if a president lies as part of his campaign? … Well, then, of course, he should be impeached,’” Engel said, before alleging, “which really is Donald Trump’s biography.”
Unfortunately for them, the reality is that the President was not found to have worked with a foreign power, he chose not to make money through his position nor take his presidential salary, and if lying as part of a campaign is impeachable, every elected official is going to be on unemployment very soon.