The Democrats are about to make a HUGE political mistake.
They intend on impeaching President Trump.
And their impeachment efforts might be a GOOD thing.
The Trump campaign should send them a thank-you card because this will only help President Trump’s re-election efforts.
Why Impeachment Proceedings Help Trump
I know that it seems counterintuitive, but a Monmouth University poll shows that 59% of Americans have no desire to see Trump impeached, and that includes only 39% of independents. Independent voters often decide the fate of presidential elections.
The House Judiciary Committee announced that they will begin an impeachment inquiry and are set to meet this week to establish rules and procedures for eventual impeachment hearings.
Representative Steve Cohen of Tennessee has drafted his own articles of impeachment. Cohen has accused the president of emoluments violations, obstruction of justice, welcoming Russia’s election interference, and unconstitutional attacks on the courts and the news media.
The Democrats also want to investigate hush payments made to two women—Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal—an issue that the Dems claim is a violation of campaign finance laws.
The courts have already put this issue to rest, but the Democrats insist on pressing the issue further.
The New York Times reported: “By calling witnesses involved in the payments, Democrats believe they can make the case that Mr. Trump broke the law in his pursuit of the presidency, even though prosecutors closed the investigation without additional charges.”
The Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have indicated their intention to investigate whether the president violated the law by offering administration officials pardons if they carried out his policies on immigration.
The NYT also reported that “Democrats have also framed Mr. Trump’s reported offers to pardon aides willing to break the law to carry out his immigration policies as part of a pattern that also includes his efforts to impede Mr. Mueller’s investigators. The committee ordered Department of Homeland Security officials last week to hand over records related to the overtures, which Mr. Trump has denied and White House aides have said were jokes.”
They Have No Evidence
As I wrote in a previous article (which you can read here):
“President Trump was not charged with obstructing justice after the Mueller investigation. The Mueller report investigated ten episodes of potential obstruction. However, Mueller failed to recommend indictment, and Attorney General William Barr decided the evidence in the report didn’t meet the threshold for impeachment.
At no time did Trump direct his people to withhold documents from investigators, nor did he move to prevent any of his staff from meeting with the Mueller team.
It was reported that Trump called his White House Counsel and told him to fire Mueller. However, the president could have fired Mueller himself. He was likely reacting in a knee-jerk way because he was rightfully upset with the witch-hunt investigation. The president is the head of the executive branch, and Mueller technically worked for him. Trump could have fired Mueller at any time for any cause.”
National Review reported that “President Trump won the second of three lawsuits alleging he violated the Constitution because foreigners and state officials patronize his businesses, such as the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C.
“The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the claim by Maryland and the District of Columbia that Trump was violating the Constitution’s domestic and foreign emoluments clauses.
The court also scolded federal judge Peter Messitte, a Clinton appointee, for not throwing out the case sooner and for refusing to let the president appeal his erroneous rulings. Judge Messitte’s faulty reasoning ‘blinks reality,’ the court said, and his actions ‘amounted to a clear abuse of discretion.’”
The emoluments clause is intended to prevent the President of the United States from receiving gifts from both foreign and domestic governments and businesses in the country.
The lawsuits claimed that President Trump was violating the clause because dignitaries stayed at his hotel in Washington, D.C. and patronized some of his other establishments, which is an absurd argument. That is not a direct gift. They are simply staying at one of his hotels. That’s not the same thing at all.
When it comes to impeachment, the Democrats should tread lightly if they care about their future electoral success.
Another Failed Impeachment
They should have learned from the experience of a former Democratic President.
Bill Clinton’s approval ratings skyrocketed after House Republicans approved two articles of impeachment against him. Clinton was able to portray himself as a victim to a country that didn’t want to see him removed from office.
Clinton’s approval ratings jumped to 73% after House Republicans voted to impeach, and he came out of the proceedings more liked than ever.
President Trump will be able to use the same strategy if the Democrats make the same mistake.
By all means, Dems, go ahead and try to impeach Trump. You will give him an advantage in the 2020 election.
He would probably appreciate the help.