On impeachment, McConnell has a plan, and the votes

Featured image Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is ready to proceed with an impeachment proceeding as soon as Nancy Pelosi decides to refer the impeachment articles to the Senate. McConnell’s plan is to proceed in stages. First, the prosecution and the defense will make their presentations. Then, they will answer written questions from Senators. After that, if a party wants to call witnesses, the Senate will vote on whether to allow it. »

D.C. Circuit hears subpoena disputes between Trump and the House

Featured image Some of us who criticize the House’s second article of impeachment against Trump — alleged obstruction of justice based on refusing to produce documents and witnesses — argue that the remedy for the non-cooperation is to seek enforcement of subpoenas in court, not to impeach the president. However yesterday, as discussed below, the Trump Justice Department argued in court that the judiciary shouldn’t even consider enforcing House subpoenas because to »

Ron Johnson on shampeachment

Featured image In her weekly Wall Street Journal Potomac Watch column yesterday, Kim Strassel holds out the possibility that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has no intention of transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate “as long as Democrats can get away with it.” She calls the scenario she sketches “Pelosi’s rolling impeachment.” She asserts that “it’s not hard to imagine Mrs. Pelosi sitting on her impeachment articles through next fall’s election »

Democrats considering more impeachment articles to not prosecute

Featured image The impeachment farce (by which I mean the way impeachment is being handled) may be headed for new heights. Farce status was attained when Nancy Pelosi decided, for the time being at least, not to send the two articles of impeachment authorized by the House on to the Senate for prosecution. Pelosi’s rationale was astounding. The Senate needs to hear more evidence than the House bothered to collect to adjudicate »

Getting impeachment wrong

Featured image I’m a big fan of Yuval Levin, but I disagree with some of what writes in this post on “the Senate’s burden” regarding impeachment. Yuval quotes with approval this passage from Greg Weiner: Impeachment is a matter of prudence whose frame of reference should be civic health, not merely presidential conduct… It is not merely whether Trump is guilty but also whether the nation will be better off—now and in »

Has Trump really been impeached?

Featured image Professor Noah Feldman, whose biography of James Madison I admire, embarrassed himself when he testified about impeachment before the House Judiciary Committee. Now, he is embarrassing Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi is withholding the articles of President Trump’s impeachment from the Senate. Feldman argues that the House has not impeached President Trump until it sends along those articles for trial. If Feldman is right, then the supposed “indelible mark” on Trump’s presidency »

The peasants are revolting, cont’d

Featured image This is a big week in the impeachment farce. With House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sitting on the Democrats’ dearly beloved impeachment articles in the hope that she can pressure Senate Majority Mitch McConnell into bending to her will, the farce became farcical in a whole new way over the past two days. An impeachment story or two made it into the Star Tribune’s top 5 list this week. Below is »

Is It Really About the Supreme Court?

Featured image Why are the Democrats pursuing their futile impeachment charade? Obviously, it is partly out of sheer partisan hate that isn’t necessarily connected to any rational objective. Equally obviously, they hope that endless yammering about impeachment in the newspapers and on television will help one of their weak candidates be more competitive against President Trump next year. Mark Levin, as noted by Matt Margolis at PJ Media, offers a further explanation: »

Don’t bother, they’re here (2)

Featured image House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to be in a “support mental health or I’ll kill you” state of mind. She may be in need of help of some kind or, perhaps, an intervention. In the tweeted video below, Pelosi clarifies the strategery behind her decision to sit on the articles of impeachment the Democrats passed last night against President Trump. We took a first pass exploring her “thinking” this morning. »


Featured image Tulsi Gabbard didn’t vote to impeach President Trump. She also didn’t vote not to impeach him. Instead, taking a page from Barack Obama’s playbook, she voted “present.” During the Clinton impeachment trial, Arlen Specter invoked “Scottish law” and voted “not proved.” That was bizarre and perhaps gutless, but at least Specter’s vote conveyed a sense of how he viewed the evidence. Gabbard’s non-vote did not. Later, she explained that she »

Fake History

Featured image Democrats and many of their media allies are desperate to characterize the impeachment of Trump as “historic,” rather than as approaching par for the course in our modern, hyper-partisan politics. The fact that this is the third impeachment proceeding in the past 45 years, and that Trump is the third elected president of the past eight to endure one, undercuts the notion that this impeachment is momentous. However, Jonathan Allen »

Impeachment then and now

Featured image To some substantial extent, party politics is a team sport. It occasionally elicits and perhaps requires a tolerance for hypocrisy and double standards. The current impeachment farce presents a sort of case study insofar as some of the key performers persist, yet the song does not remain the same. To illustrate the point, the Free Beacon’s David Rutz has compiled SuperCUTS #728 (video below) and written the accompanying story. The »

Don’t bother, they’re here

Featured image In a comic postscript to yesterday’s farce, Nancy Pelosi is threatening to withhold delivery of the House Democrats’ two impeachment articles to the Senate. Politico’s Kyle Cheney et al. have the story here. As of this morning, it is the top story at Politico. By withholding the articles of impeachment from the Senate, Pelosi hopes to extract the terms of a trial procedure that she deems favorable to the Democrats. »

Impeachment without a crime

Featured image The House has voted to impeach President Trump. The historical significance of this event lies mainly in the fact that, until now, no president has been impeached without some allegation in an article of impeachment that he committed a crime. This was also the first impeachment proceeding that had no support in the House from a single member of the president’s party. Legal scholars disagree as to whether impeachment requires »

Send in the clowns

Featured image His political opponents have been out to impeach Donald Trump roughly since the day after the 2016 election. Their efforts come to fruition in the two articles of impeachment that the Democrats will adopt some time today. The Democrats’ media adjunct has kept ranks with impressive exactitude as they marched along with the Democrats. The rank dishonesty and maniacal partisanship underlying impeachment have made for a sorry spectacle. What can »

On impeachment, an invitation to a motion to dismiss

Featured image Chuck Schumer’s moan that “the facts” need to “com[e] out” before a full impeachment trial can occur is an invitation to a motion to dismiss the House’s articles of impeachment, once they arrive. The House had its opportunity to develop the facts. If it didn’t develop facts sufficient to support removing the president, the Senate shouldn’t waste its time on the matter. Mitch McConnell reportedly is considering a motion to »

Chuck Schumer’s impeachment moan throws House Dems under the bus

Featured image House Democrats are highly unlikely to follow Larry Tribe’s suggestion that they decline to transmit their articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial. Thus, Senate Democrats will need a trial strategy. Byron York tell us that a major part of the strategy will be to demand more information. What information? Mainly testimony from past and present administration officials like Mick Mulvaney and John Bolton. Possibly grand jury testimony »