President Trump must be impeached at once for some reasons. First, it requires "high crimes and misdemeanors."
- Firing FBI Director Comey because he wanted the investigation into his campaign's connections with Russians stopped, is circumstantial, perhaps
- Meeting the Russian Ambassador and a known spy in The White House was the day after was ill-advised and suspicious.
- Having shared confidential information from an ally with the Russians to some level of detail is where we approach a high crime. The Washington Post and New York Times, among others, have more factual details. They are trusted sources. The Trump White House is not.
The classification of charges:
- Emolument Clause Violations are a Constitutional breach and are impeachable.
- Misprision of Fraud is an impeachable offense.
- Lying before American people including making false allegations against the former President is impeachable.
- Nepotism and other ethics violations rise to the level of impeachable offenses.
What is standing in the way? The Republican Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader have participated in the obstruction of justice. Leaders of Congressional investigations have been compromised and are conflicted.
- The Attorney General of the United States is recused from the Russian investigation because he is a possible target of the investigation.
How much more should the majority of Americans be expected to endure from this corrupt and conflicted government?
This independent journalist believes the Americans need action by members of Congress who are not conflicted and participants in collusion with President Trump.
"High Crimes and Misdemeanors
High Crimes and Misdemeanors, a reading on the meaning of this strange phrase that is the grounds for most impeachments and an activity in which students determine the outcome of hypothetical impeachment proceedings.
The U.S. Constitution provides impeachment as the method for removing the president, vice president, federal judges, and other federal officials from office. The impeachment process begins in the House of Representatives and follows these steps:
The House Judiciary Committee holds hearings and, if necessary, prepares articles of impeachment. These are the charges against the official.
If a majority of the committee votes to approve the articles, the whole House debates and votes on them.
If a majority of the House votes to impeach the official on any article, then the official must then stand trial in the Senate.
For the official to be removed from office, two-thirds of the Senate must vote to convict the official. Upon conviction, the official is automatically removed from office and, if the Senate so decides, may be forbidden from holding governmental office again.
The impeachment process is political in nature, not criminal. Congress has no power to impose criminal penalties on impeached officials. But criminal courts may try and punish officials if they have committed crimes.
The Constitution sets specific grounds for impeachment. They are “treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors.” To be impeached and removed from office, the House and Senate must find that the official committed one of these acts.
The Constitution defines treason in Article 3, Section 3, Clause 1:
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."