You know, a lot of Republicans leaders and folks on President Donald Trump’s legal defense team have argued that the main “abuse of power” article of impeachment won’t hold up.
However, they haven’t explained why that’s so. And if they have, it’s not been very effective.
But I just figured it out — and Democrats accidentally proved their impeachment parade is a farce.
So, remember when Trump took out Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani? And remember how Democrats got bent out of shape in the days after, passing legislation in the House that would restrict Trump from calling anymore strikes or military movement against Iran without congressional approval?
Well, Democrats didn’t realize it, but they thought the decisive action by Trump against Iran was… well, an “abuse of power.”
They retaliated with a congressional meeting and debated whether Trump should be allowed to make such an action again — but little did Democrats know that they were modeling the proper response to executive measures that they disagree with.
So, when Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says that “Abuse of power, even if proved, is not an impeachable offense,” he is also saying that Congress exists to correct executive actions that they disagree with.
Let’s bring it full circle.
Hypothetically, let’s assume Trump did threaten to pull Ukraine funding if they didn’t investigate the years-long secrecy behind Burisma Holdings and the questionable Biden connections that existed.
What is the proper response?
Not to impeach, but to correct with congress. Why? Well, there are two reasons.
First, the same perceived “abuse” can occur again in following administrations. While Congress may impeach the person who exploited the executive branch’s loophole, that doesn’t stop the action from happening again. A fix would have to be implemented by legislators.
Second, instead of charging Trump — right off the bat — with an impeachable offense, 535 members of congress should be able to debate whether or not a president should have the authority to pull aid without the consent of congress. Let’s talk about the rule book and make sure everyone — both executive and legislative branches — are on the same page before jumping to consequences.
Again, this is hypothetical with regard to the president. The transcripts don’t show Trump doing anything out of the ordinary, nor do Ukrainian officials say anything improper happened over the phone.
But even if Trump did threaten to pull aid and everything the Democrats have been saying in the last four months have been true, the solution is not to impeach. There is no law that says a president cannot threaten to pull aid if a government does not investigate certain corruptions.
That said, if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues feel so strongly about this issue, then they should do their jobs — submit a bill restricting the president from this action and follow the legislation process.
There was a right way and a wrong way to handle the call between Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky — and Democrats chose the dumpster-fire way.
Ultimately, this is about the left looking to removing a duly-elected president and being willing to embrace hypocritical congressional action in order to make good on a disastrous 2016 election.