Trump says Armenia massacres were not genocide, directly contradicting Congress
True, but starting impeachment under these circumstances also establishes a precedent. When the Dems have the WH and the GOP the House, the latter will follow the Dem example and begin campaigning for impeachment immediately after the Dem POTUS election win. Sometimes I think the Dems do the right thing as opposed to doing what it takes to acheive their goal. Impeachment is a gift to Trump and probably just increased his odds of victory - the opposite of what Dems wanted.By not starting impeachment proceedings, it establishes precedent
Next up, the Senate.Donald Trump impeached for abuse of power, obstruction
Lawmakers pass 2 articles of impeachment against U.S. president
The Associated Press · Posted: Dec 18, 2019 4:50 AM ET
The U.S. House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump, marking just the third time in history it has voted to recommend removing a sitting president.
The first vote on the charge of abuse of power passed 230 to 197 Wednesday evening, with one member voting present — registering neither for nor against.
The historic vote split along party lines, much the way it has divided the nation, over the charges that the 45th president abused the power of his office by enlisting a foreign government to investigate a political rival ahead of the 2020 election.
Always count on someone with a history of shady dealing and moral ineptitude to "drain the swamp" - nevermind the track record of individuals he appoints to positions of power (the best people!). It's not non-formal language, it's bullshit. The very fact that you are pushing this sort of rationale explains quite well what's happening to democracy in North America.What is happening to democracy in North America.
In Canada, the PM is elected because of his hair.
In USA, the Prez is impeached because of his hair.
Of course, there are other factors, such as Trudeau's good looks and his famous name, as well as Trumps aggressive attempt to drain the swamp and use of non-formal language.
Me, I believe that Trump would ultimately not be impeached and I take the view of the United States beginning to be a populist authoritarian state (regardless of which party the president represents) if this precedent were to hold true.Presidential historian Kendrick Clements, a professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina, said he's been struck by Trump's blanket refusal to co-operate with the investigation or to provide requested information to investigators.
Clements said this could have long-term consequences. "If that refusal stands, it would mean that a president is immune from prosecution for illegal acts and that Congress's investigative powers are severely curtailed," he said.
He said the deepening polarization of U.S. politics has not yet ended all co-operation between the parties on issues, but he said there is an increasing risk of the legislative branch of the U.S. government becoming completely paralyzed — which would leave the president a freer hand to do whatever he pleases.
He said it's hard to predict future historians' views, because they will depend on still-unknown developments in American democracy.
For example, he said a Senate acquittal might be seen someday as "the moment when the U.S. turned away from democracy toward authoritarianism." On the other hand, he said, should the Senate agree to oust Trump, it's also possible that future historians might declare this is when the balance of power between the branches of government tipped toward congressional dominance. While he said he hopes the U.S. avoids either extreme, he's a little worried about the state of affairs.
"The edge of the precipice is frighteningly close, and the short-term outlook for a happy new year doesn't seem very bright."