Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich Democrat exposed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) true intentions in regard to impending impeachment proceedings: She wants to make sure Donald Trump never, ever, ever comes back to Washington.
Pelosi is moving ahead with plans to impeach President Trump a second time even though Trump has only a few days left in office. She’s declared on multiple occasions that she believes he’s too dangerous to go unpunished, but Gingrich believes the real impetus for the push is that Pelosi is terrified of the American people re-electing Trump in 2024 if they had the chance. Gingrich put it this way:
Trump has to be impeached to stop him from running again. Pelosi fears the American people might pick him if they were allowed to.
Pelosi’s strategy is based on Article I Section III of the Constitution, which places an impeachment trial in the Senate. If the Senate convicts President Trump, he will not be able to run for any office again. The last paragraph of section III reads:
Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.
Though the Senate is unlikely to convict, the House is moving forward. According to the AP, a single article of impeachment was introduced by House members David Cicilline (D-RI), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) on the House floor on Monday. The article accuses President Trump of inciting insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th. “President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government.”
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) defended the move to impeach President Trump, saying it would set a precedent that no president will be allowed to attack the United States government:
It must be made clear that no president, now or in the future, can lead an insurrection against the U.S. government.
With Trump in office, the Democrats treated the presidency, a Constitutional office, as a threat to their power. Will Democrats treat a Biden-Harris administration with the same suspicion and hostility with which they relentlessly attacked the Trump administration?
No Senate Republicans have signaled that they would vote to impeach or convict President Trump. As the Senate could not consider the matter of impeachment until January 19th, after which incoming Majority Leader Chuck Schumer would be in charge of an impeachment trial. He will need a 2/3’s majority to convict President Trump.
Three Republican House members have said they would vote to impeach, including Liz Cheney (R-WY), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), and John Katko (R-NY). On Tuesday, Katko said: “To allow the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy. For that reason, I cannot sit by without taking action. I will vote to impeach this president.”
Trump supporters are surely keeping track of the Republicans that join in with the Democrats to impeach President Trump. Unless they can get some help rigging their elections, they might find themselves out of office in the next election cycle.