Sometimes Fareed Zakaria gets things so right, there is little for me to add. Anything extra would simply cloud the issue.
It is right of Congress to remove an elected president who has committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” however 2/3 of the Senate must find the president guilty. The trial of Bill Clinton in the Senate didn’t come close to this. The vote for obstruction of justice was 50 guilty votes and 50 votes not guilty votes. Voting was along party lines.
Trial by impeachment is direct opposite of a legal trial under our judicial system. Our legal system provides numerous protections to the accused, to ensure a fair trial. If the protections have not been afforded to the accused, then there can be justice at the appellate level. Impeachment begins with a deeply partisan jury, the US Senate. The Senate is controlled by Republicans, and there is absolutely no doubt of acquittal, if it ever got to this stage.
The “high crimes and misdemeanors” criteria has been discussed many times and it is still controversial what the founders meant by this clause. However, the “high” is not used to mean a serious or severe crime, but rather one that is done by a “high official” in his official capacity.
There’s nothing wrong with investigation, to keep us informed our president. I know we can do better, in 2020.
Trump will fight back for sure.
Read Fareed Zakaria’s comments:
Impeachment Would Only Increase The “Class Resentment That Feeds Support For Trump”