Is Impeachment Now Inevitable?

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USA -(Ammoland.com)- “There go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader,” is a remark attributed to a French politician during the turbulent times of 1848.

Joe Biden's Wednesday declaration that President Donald Trump should be impeached is in that tradition. Joe is scrambling to get out in front of the sentiment for impeachment in the party he professes to lead.

Several factors surely influenced Biden's change of mind.

Beset by gaffes and mental lapses while campaigning, which rivals like Cory Booker have seized upon to imply that Biden, at 76, is losing it and may not be up to the demands of the presidency, the former vice president has been on a steady slide in the polls.

This week, he was displaced as Democratic front-runner by Sen. Elizabeth Warren. And the $15 million Biden boasts of raising in the third quarter was eclipsed by the $25 million raised by Warren.

Moreover, with Bernie Sanders hospitalized after a heart attack, the possibility of a stampede to Warren as the socialist-progressive flag-bearer of the party has become real.

Biden concluded that he could not remain ambivalent and allow his rivals to appear tougher on Trump, especially when the cause of impeachment unites and animates the party and media establishment as powerfully as it does.

By taking his stand, Biden has made the question — Where do you stand on impeaching Trump? — the big issue in Tuesday's Democratic debate.

Declaring for impeachment also gives Biden a way to deflect questions about what son Hunter did for that $50,000 a month from a Ukrainian energy company, while Joe Biden was Barack Obama's point man battling corruption in Ukraine.

So it was that Biden came to tell a rally in New Hampshire:

“To preserve our constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity, he should be impeached. … He's shooting holes in the constitution … we cannot let him get away with it.”
With polls showing a majority of Americans favoring an inquiry, and a Fox News poll showing a majority favoring Trump's conviction and removal, impeachment appears inevitable.

What is Trump's defense strategy?

Earlier this week, with a defiant letter from White House counsel Pat Cipollone dismissing the House inquiry as a fraud and a farce, Trump seemed to signal a strategy of massive resistance.

Wrote Cipollone: “Your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections. … The Executive Branch cannot be expected to participate in it.”

By Wednesday, however, Trump had backed away from Armageddon.

His new position: If the full House votes to open an impeachment inquiry, and he is given the same rights and protections Richard Nixon was given in 1974, he, Trump, would respect House subpoenas, while retaining the right to challenge them in the Supreme Court.

Thus, as Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats seek to ram through a bill of impeachment by Thanksgiving, based on Trump's July 25 phone call to Ukraine's president, Trump is preparing for siege warfare.

As Trump has himself conceded, impeachment is probable, even if the outcome of this historic collision between the president and Congress, which will decide the fates of Pelosi, Trump and Biden alike, is, as of yet, undetermined.

Yet in this struggle, Trump is not without assets.

The first is Adam Schiff, who has become the prosecution's face in the impeachment battle. This is good news for the White House. For Schiff's visceral hatred of Trump and desire to see him impeached, convicted, deposed, disgraced and imprisoned is a matter of record.

As long as Schiff heads up the impeachment inquiry, many will see it as simply a savage, partisan and vindictive exercise.

Then are also two potentially explosive inquiries into the roots of the Mueller investigation that are well-advanced. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been looking into allegations that the FBI and DOJ abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to launch the probe and kick-start the Russia investigation.

The Horowitz report is expected to be released within weeks.

U.S. Attorney John Durham has also spent months investigating the origins of the counter-intelligence investigation of Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos.

Among Durham's questions: Were intel agents of Britain, Italy and Australia enlisted to spy on Americans by U.S. intelligence agencies? For any counterintelligence operation against a presidential campaign would have required a signoff by then-President Obama.

Administration officials have also told Fox News that when Robert Mueller met with Trump in May 2017, Mueller was pursuing the open post as director of the FBI, something the former special counsel denied under oath during his congressional testimony.

Emails released this month through a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch indicate Mueller knew he could be named as special counsel if he wasn't chosen as FBI director.

Russiagate consumed the first three years of Trump's presidency. “Ukrainegate” and impeachment give promise of dominating the fourth.



Pat Buchanan
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Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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MICHAEL J
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MICHAEL J

Why is it apparently easy for a democrat mob to whip up impeachment proceedings for the President of the United States, but impossible to remove those anti-constitutional bigots disguised as senators and representatives?
Lifetime politicians are never held accountable for anything and their hypocrisy will never be silenced unless removed.
The plan of the left uses tried and proven methods to create something that applies only to their political enemies but never to them.
Term limits are the only solution against this tyranny of an entrenched enemy of the Constitution.

JPM
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JPM

What specifically is it alleged that Trump did, other than piss off Democrats by being a good and successful President, to warrant impeachment? This is what happens when an outsider tries to drain the swamp and buck the system. Fred Thompson, the actor and former Senator from Tennessee, found out the same thing some years back.

RayJN
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Ej harbet
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Ej harbet

This above all demands consequences! Anyone who thinks he can spit in our faces in such a blatant wayand not pay a price is too dangerous to share our oxygen.

tetejaun
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tetejaun

If an actual impeachment and removal of Donald Trump does not directly lead to Americans storming the federal capitol and meting out justice to the traitors, expect a new totalitarian state to stand where the United States stood before.
Cowardice & inaction have their consequences.

Ej harbet
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Ej harbet

Finally something i agree on,america doesn’t deserve existence if this is allowed to happen

tetejaun
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tetejaun

The Nazis were fascist socialists.
The democrats are fascist socialists, so………

cav2108
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cav2108

If Schumer, Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler, and the rest of these lying scumbag democrats are lucky, then they will be impeached. If they are unlucky, MY HAND will be on the lever that controls the guillotine. Know what I mean, JellyBean?

Will
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Will

@cav,I’m picking up what you’re laying down !

RoyD
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RoyD

Or, perhaps, the trap door?

Grim
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Grim

The Republican Party needs to do better than Trump to win in 2020. Any true conservative realizes Trump is an idiot.

cav2108
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cav2108

Moron

Will
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Will

Troll !

tetejaun
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tetejaun

Poor try, democrat.
Keep sucking for ignorance & communism, the hallmarks of the communist democrat party.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Grim, OMG, Lets bet on that. If Trump wins the election, then you never come back to this site. If Trump loses the election, then I will never come back to this site. Do you understand the terms? Do we have a bet?

Finnky
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Finnky

@Grim – Fortunately or unfortunately depending upon your viewpoint – the democrat party is offering candidates considerably worse than trump. Possibly hard to believe – but true nonetheless.
So to repeat what you said – the democrat party is going to have to do a whole lot better than biden/warren/harris to win in 2020. Even if one of them were to win the election, it would be a pyric victory as each is espousing policies guaranteed to tear the country apart.

Boz
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Boz

“What is Trump’s defense strategy?”

Trump doesn’t need a defense strategy, he needs a an attack and destroy strategy. He needs to further expose these traitors and bring them down to justice town. We have your back, Mr. President!

John
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John

The Dems admit without an indictment of impeachment, Trump will win the White House in 2020. They know such an indictment, to be perfected in the Senate will fail, but they care less, as the plan is they and their sounding board major media, will relentlessly expound the same negative rhetoric over and over again, believing their base will again drink their Kool Aide, as they did with their failed Mueller and Kavanaugh Poobah. Pelosi, as the “master legislator” (her words), now gambles the House in 2020. She hates Trump so much her leadership has accomplished nothing these last three… Read more »

Laddyboy
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Laddyboy

Here is the Oldie but goody process the (DNC) / DemocRATic National Communists are using; “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Paul… Read more »

Will Flatt
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The Demonrats will not impeach Trump. Too many of them have districts that voted Trump in 2016 and will vote them out in 2020 if they vote to impeach. If the Dems were to impeach, then this would move to the Senate, where Trump & his team could then CALL WITNESSES and TOTALLY EXPOSE ALL THE DEMORAT CORRUPTION AND WHY THEY SHOULD BE THE ONES REMOVED.

The Dems know this which is why they’ll just drag out this bogus “inquiry” – which is NOT in the Constitution, btw – and slow walk this all the way to November 2020.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

A president can be impeached and removed from office in his first term for something done in his first term, of course. But can a president be removed in his second term for something done in his first term? It is kind of like the electorate did not care about any infraction in his first term and gave him a second term in spite of it.
How about if there is some other president in between the first term and second term?

Ryben Flynn
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Ryben Flynn

The VP would be sworn in as President for the remainder of the term. If convicted and removed from Office, the Senate can vote by simple majority to bar the person from holding any other Office. From Wikipedia: Conviction immediately removes the defendant from office. Following conviction, the Senate may vote to further punish the individual by barring him or her from holding future federal office, elected or appointed. As the threshold for disqualification is not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, the Senate has taken the position that disqualification votes only require a simple majority rather than a two-thirds majority.… Read more »

Will
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Will

@RF,Trump ain’t going anywhere ! TRUMP/PENCE 2020 !

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@RF, Ok, as far as it goes, but Wiki does not really answer the question, Wether a president can be impeached in a second, interrupted series, term for something that he did in his first term? How about something that he did before he was in government? In college? High School? Grammar School? At some point it gets ridiculous.

mikeL
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@RF…the VP is supposed to be sworn in. But, if one steps back and examines just how the socialist party has operated over the last 3 years, they have illegally spent millions of taxpayer money on ludicrous ambivalent bull sh_t. I don’t see Pence being seated as CiC. These a holes have already promulgated removing Pence and seating 5150 Pelosi for the lead up to Nov. 3 2020. Just how I see it, but no matter how illegal it has been over the last say 12-15 years, the socialist party is still walking free. Fast n Furious, Benghazi…..5 intentional murders!… Read more »

tetejaun
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tetejaun

The American People have the Constitutional Right & Duty to control government by force of arms if necessary.
BUT…cowardice and apathy keep the American People sitting quietly and worrying about beer & Cheetos, rather than the communist democrat’s crimes.

TG
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TG

All this witch hunt is doing is costing millions in tax payers money, and it’s leading nowhere. The Senate is not going to remove him from office. This is only a desperate attempt by the Dems to make Trump look bad before the election, even though their boy Biden is the real criminal with regards to Ukraine. Damn Democrats are the slimiest most crooked people on the planet!

Will
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Will

TRUMP/PENCE 2020 !

Autsin Miller III
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Autsin Miller III

While I agree that everything the Democrats are doing is politically driven and destined to fail, I am not convinced they ever expected it to work. I think what they are doing is throwing everything they can find against the wall. If it sticks great that’s a bonus but if not it serves their real purpose and that is to keep their voter base and much of the undecided middle motivated to get to the polls and vote. If they succeed in that, I THINK they have a plurality. The President has stirred up the swamp just as he was… Read more »

Will
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Will

I think there are a lot of wild eyed liberal socialists that think because Trump is impeached by the House,he is doomed and will be removed from office. Nothing is farther from the truth. Think McConnell,think Senate !

Alan in NH
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Alan in NH

If the National Socialists get their way and manage to remove President Trump, he would only have to tweet out for us to rise up and take back our government in Washington. See you there and bring lots of rope.

Will
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Will

@Alan,there is zero chance of that happening,zero ! This bullshit will never get past the Senate !

Bowserb46
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Bowserb46

The Democrats don’t really want impeachment, because when real evidence is presented, it will show that the Democrats actually committed the crimes of which they are accusing Trump. That’s how the Democrats have always operated. However, just case American patriots did have to take back the government and our nation, the Democrats are desperate to take away as many guns from the 140 million armed households as they can. As we stand right now, American citizens have 100 times as many rifles and pistols as all U.S. armed forces combined. Estimates are that American citizens have over 1 trillion rounds… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@USA, Well let them push their violent coup! It would make a delightful vacation supporting our armed forces against the libtard rebellion.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

I believe the 3rd of the Third, the Old Guard, that is assigned to defend Washington, DC.

Will
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Will

Trump will easily prevail in this impeachment bullshit ! Let the socialists finally commit suicide. It will be a hilarious thing to watch! TRUMP/PENCE 2020 !