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Sun Apr 21, 2019, 08:51 AM

The Ten Steps of Impeachment (It's Step #3 That May Save US Democracy)

There's much talk of impeachment, but very few fully understand what it is and how it works. Robert Reich provides a clear and concise summary of the ten steps to impeachment at this link:

http://robertreich.org/post/162982167115

It's a good, quick read, and I'd recommend it to anyone.

It's widely agreed that we're unlikely to ever get to Step 10, in which the Senate votes to convict Donald Trump and remove him from office. But in my view, the crucial step that we must reach is Step 3: the House Judiciary Committee investigation.


Step 1. It starts in the House Judiciary Committee, when a majority of the members vote in favor of what’s called an “inquiry of impeachment” resolution.

Step 2. That resolution goes to the full House of Representatives where a majority has to vote in favor, and then votes to authorize and fund a full investigation by the Judiciary Committee into whether sufficient grounds exist for impeachment.

Step 3. The House Judiciary Committee investigates. That investigation doesn’t have to be from scratch. It can rely on data and conclusions of other investigations undertaken by, say, the FBI.



A full, in-depth, wide-ranging House Judiciary investigation into the question of whether Donald Trump should be impeached would dominate the headlines and the airwaves for months. The Committee would have the power to subpoena evidence, and compel witnesses to testify under oath. The innumerable crimes of Trump and Company would be laid bare in excruciating detail, leading to his certain removal from office - if not through Senate conviction, then through electoral defeat in 2020.

There should really be no disagreement among Democrats on the topic of impeachment. Whether one rallies under the banner of "Impeach the sonofabitch!" or the banner of "Let's focus on defeating Trump in 2020!", the way forward is the impeachment inquiry.

Far more important than these political considerations, though, is the upholding of the Constitution and the defense of the Rule of Law. The nation faces a crisis whose remedy was spelled out by the framers of the Constitution. That remedy is impeachment, and the duty of Congress today is clear.

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Reply The Ten Steps of Impeachment (It's Step #3 That May Save US Democracy) (Original post)
Mister Ed Apr 2019 OP
Raven Apr 2019 #1
marylandblue Apr 2019 #2
Mister Ed Apr 2019 #3
marylandblue Apr 2019 #5
Mister Ed Apr 2019 #6
marylandblue Apr 2019 #7
Duppers Apr 2019 #9
MineralMan Apr 2019 #4
abqtommy Apr 2019 #8

Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 09:05 AM

1. I think you are absolutely correct! And if the Dems in Congress can't

get some good legislation enacted or at least proposed while they're at it, then shame on them!

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 09:40 AM

2. What if I rally under a banner that doesn't mention Trump at all?

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Response to marylandblue (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 09:46 AM

3. Then the answer remains the same.

No matter what vital issue or issues are most important to you - health care, climate change, racial justice, you name it - Trump and his cult are the barrier that must be removed. The impeachment inquiry is what will remove that barrier.

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Response to Mister Ed (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 09:50 AM

5. I disagree.

The Trump cult is a symptom not a a cause. Remove him and the underlying illness remains.

And if we don't make a positive case for ourselves, instead overfocusing on Trump, the underlying illness will kill us.

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Response to marylandblue (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 09:54 AM

6. Let's do both.


Let our Congressional reps prosecute the case against Trump, while our aspiring candidates make the positive case for our core beliefs and policies. The contrast will be dramatic indeed.

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Response to Mister Ed (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 10:12 AM

7. Maybe. But at the moment I am not sure it is possible.

Not because of any high falutin' reason, but simply because Trump always wants everything to be about Trump. This is how he wins. Impeachment is of course about Trump, but he will attempt to saturate the airwaves with his personal battle and drown out all else.

Theoretically it's possible, but there is little room for error, and with the Senate still unlikely to convict, not much upside.

What happened with Nixon is not helpful. Nixon and his Republicans had limits. Today, Trump and his lackeys have no limits. Far more dangerous than Nixon, and zero chance he would resign to spare the nation a battle, as Nixon did.

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Response to Mister Ed (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 09:48 AM

4. This! Absolutely This!

I remember watching the Nixon hearings. Everyone who was an adult then should remember them. They dominated the news.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 12:34 PM

8. Public opinion

is a powerful thing!

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