by Wayne Simmes:
Today four democrats banded together to try and reverse the lawful election of Donald Trump to the office of President. It amazes me that even though no evidence of wrong doing has been proved against our President, some people will not accept the will of the American people.
We have a process for removal of a sitting President. It happens every four years and is called an election. Now I can understand how people on both sides of the political spectrum might be unhappy with the results of the 2016 election. After all the political machine has never been shown to be so completely inept as it was in that election.
Many people went to bed on election night convinced that Hillary Clinton was going to be the 45th president and the first woman president. And when they woke up to the light of day and the news that Donald Trump was to be the next President, they lost their collective minds.
Now this is not the first time that a sitting President has had articles of impeachment presented against them. Counting Donald Trump nine of our 45 Presidents have had such articles filed in the House of Representatives. Of those only two were actually impeached by the House of Representatives, Andrew Johnson who very well may have been the most corrupt person to ever sit in the Oval Office and Bill Clinton who was charged with perjury for lying under oath. Neither of these were found guilty in the Senate although Johnson came close being acquitted by a single vote.
Now you should understand that a sitting President cannot be removed simply because you don’t like him or because you find what he does to be offensive.
Specifically, Article 2, Section 4 of the United States Constitution states that 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.”
It is especially notable that the framers of the Constitution made it clear that impeachment was a serious matter.
Now the articles of impeachment that were filed today I do not believe meet the standards of high Crimes and Misdemeanors. Of course I am not a lawyer and certainly not a constitutional lawyer. These articles claim that the President was guilty of obstruction of justice simply because he removed the James Comey as Director of the FBI and even Comey admitted that President Trump had the right to remove him.
To say that the removal of the Director of the FBI amounted to obstruction of justice to me is ludicrous. To rise to the level of obstruction of justice the President would have had to remove all of the senior agents of the Bureau. Simply removing the head man would not stop or even slow down the investigation.
The articles also alleged that President Trump had somehow profited from his position. It might be helpful if they explained that a little more specifically. I believe that most of the Presidents that we have had profited by their positions simply by cashing their paychecks. Trump may well be one of the only exceptions to that since he is donating his salary.
Perhaps that is the real reason for the efforts to remove him from office. Most people can be bought by the machine that runs politics in this country. Donald Trump cannot be bought.