One of the US House of Representatives’ most deranged Democrats, Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California, is at it again.
CNS News reports that on Thursday, Waters doubled down on her previous repeated demands for the impeachment of President Donald Trump during a Congressional Black Caucus Town Hall on Civil Rights:
Don’t come here and tell me, “Maxine, you keep on doing what you do.” But when you gonna give me some support? How many of you in your organizations have said, “Impeach 45”?
Impeachment is about whatever the Congress says it is. There is no law that dictates impeachment. What the Constitution says is “high crimes and misdemeanors,” and we define that.
Bill Clinton got impeached because he lied. Here you have a president, who I can tell you and guarantee you is in collusion with the Russians to undermine our democracy. Here you have a president who obstructed justice. And here you have a president who lies every day.
Thank God that the special counsel is beginning to connect the dots — and understand Facebook’s role in it and social media’s role in it. When is the black community going to say, ‘Impeach him’? It’s time to go after him. I don’t hear you!
Don’t another person come up to me and say, ‘You go, girl. No, you go!
“Impeachment is about whatever the Congress says it is?” In the interest of both intellectual honesty and civic literacy, it’s worth noting that there’s a tiny kernel of truth to that…but Maxine Waters being a craven, post-constitutional leftist, she of course takes that kernel to mean something entirely different than what it really means.
Right-wing pundit Ann Coulter may be, shall we say, an acquired taste these days, but years ago when she wrote “High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton,” she laid out how what the Constitution’s term for impeachable offenses — high crimes and misdemeanors — really means:
Indeed, impeachment is not directed exclusively or even primarily at violations of criminal law: Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story in his great Commentaries on the Constitution was especially eloquent on this point. Not only “crimes of a strictly legal character” are impeachable offenses, but also political offenses, growing out of “personal misconduct… so various” that they “must be examined upon very broad and comprehensive principles of public policy and duty” […]
Impeachment for misbehavior is not, however, as unlimited as it sounds: the behavior at issue is moral behavior, not Emily Post polite society behavior. According to historical precedent, impeachable misbehavior “means (a) [misconduct] in the execution of office, or (b) scandalous behavior in his private capacity.” Or, as Alexander Hamilton put it, the impeachment power is addressed to “the misconduct of public men” or the “violation of some public trust.”
In other words, all the possible acts that could constitute a public disgrace or betrayal so egregious as to warrant removal from office can’t possibly be spelled out by statute, which in practice leaves it up to lawmakers to build a case for any given impeachment. However, what Waters leaves out is that those lawmakers are in turn accountable to the people on the question of whether they’ve abused their power to impeach.
And in Trump’s case, Waters’ case for impeachment is a pack of lies the American people are most certainly not obligated to respect simply because a Congresswoman said so. There’s simply no evidence Team Trump and the Kremlin conspired to make The Donald America’s next president. And Maxine Waters knows it.
Continually insisting otherwise despite knowing better sounds much more like a violation of public trust than anything Donald Trump has done, doesn’t it?