Bill Clinton’s Labor Secretary, Robert Reich just listed out on his Twitter account four things that almost certainly qualify Trump for impeachment, adding a fifth thing that likely does.
He said, in short, that the question is no longer whether or not President Trump will do something that constitutes an impeachable offense. Rather, the question, according to Reich, is now simply whether members of Congress will show up with the political will to get the job done.
He added that since Republicans presently control the House of Representatives, an impeachment is unlikely any time soon. Remember, however, that the balance of power in the House is given the chance to shift every two years. Thus, if Democrats take control of the House in 2018, then impeachment proceedings against Trump could very well move forward at that time.
On top of that, a number of leading Republicans in the Senate have a very different approach to their party then their House counterparts. In short, Senators such as John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul, and many more have already shown their willingness to be at odds with the Trump administration, doing away with the blind partisan obedience of the masses of Republicans in the House of Representatives.
It’s the House’s responsibility to charge the president with any impeachable offense, and it’s the Senate’s responsibility to then try the case.
The four items that almost certainly qualify as impeachable offenses on Trump’s part are, in Reich’s words:
- Trump is unfaithfully executing his duties as president by accusing his predecessor, President Obama, of undertaking an illegal (and impeachable) act
- Trump is making big money off his Trump International Hotel, etc., violating the Constitution’s prohibition against presidents taking things of value from foreign governments
- Trump’s ban on travel from a number of Muslim majority countries violates the First Amendment’s prohibition against restricting the free exercise of religion
- Trump’s attacks on the media, labeling them “an enemy of the American people,” violates the First Amendment’s protection of the free press and free speech
The fifth item that Reich mentions is the possibility that the Trump campaign directly colluded with Russia during Trump’s rise to power. However, as Reich notes, the investigation into this allegation is not yet complete.
You can read Reich’s full explanation below:
By my count, there are now four grounds to impeach Trump. The fifth seems to be on its way. pic.twitter.com/PfAw0a0hfU
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) March 9, 2017