posted on Dec, 22 2019 @ 09:58 PM
a reply to: Sabrechucker
I ask.. Is what's taking place in line with the "LAW" of the land or a very cordial Coup attempt?
The House of Representatives has the sole power to impeach (formally accuse) a President. The phrase "high crimes and misdemeanors" has never been
officially defined... I do not believe anything in the Articles of Impeachment are a "high crime and misdemeanor," but I am not a Federal judge (and
it would likely require a Supreme Court decision to define it anyway).
In that respect, the impeachment (assuming it is ever formalized) would be valid. The decision as to it being a coup is left to the voters... and
judging by the trend of the polls, the people do see it as an attempted coup.
Luckily, our Founding Fathers foresaw the possibility of a House of Representatives running amok. The President is unaffected by any impeachment,
except to defend himself before the Senate. Only the Senate can remove a sitting President. In this case, many Senators have indicated that they seen
no evidence of crime in the public reports of the House hearings, so it is completely possible to request a summary dismissal vote. Even if they do go
forward with a trial, the Chief Justice will be asked to rule on admissibility of evidence gathered, and that would throw out 90% of what the House
has used for its impeachment. The House has apparently rested its case by holding the impeachment vote, so Trump now has the opportunity to refute any
evidence that is deemed admissible. It will require 67 Senators to vote to convict/remove Trump if a full trial even takes place.
In other words, it is a failed coup attempt, but so far is also constitutional and therefore legal.