It Is Never Too Late to Impeach a Despot

Donald Trump should have been removed from office a year ago. But the Republicans in Congress have failed the country. The question now arises whether they will fail again by apologizing for the lateness of the lesson.

It is never too late to indict and remove a president who poses a threat to the republic. And make no mistake, Trump is a threat.

His incitement to riotous takeover of the US Capitol on Wednesday was a high crime and there is every reason to believe that if he is allowed to retire, he will commit more serious crimes.

“The urgency of this moment is real and we have to be courageous and united to defend our republic,” said representative Ilhan Omar, who took up the urge to be impeached. “The time to stand up against a tyrant is now and history will not be kind to those on the sidelines.”

In a letter to colleagues that Omar distributed on Thursday, the representative said wrote“Every hour that Donald Trump stays in office, our country, our democracy and our national security remain in danger. Congress must take immediate action to protect the people of this country and set a precedent that such behavior cannot be tolerated. ”

Yes, the timeline is short. But the impeachment authority as founded in 1787was designed with the need for flexibility in mind. The constitution simply says“The President, Vice President and all civil servants of the United States will be removed from office for impeachment and conviction for treason, bribery or other serious crimes and misdemeanors.” It tells us the house is indicting and the Senate is trying and removing. That’s it.

No lengthy hearings or debates are required when the high crimes and offenses have taken place within sight and the threat of further abuse remains all too real. Members of the two chambers can fill in the blanks while respecting the oath they have sworn to “support and defend the United States Constitution against all enemies at home and abroad.” Indeed, failure to indict and remove Trump would at this point be a rejection of the second part of that oath, which states that members of Congress must “bear true faith and allegiance to it.”

Senate minority chairman Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat who will soon become majority leader with two new Democratic senators from Georgia, recognized the need for swift action on Thursday. “What happened in the US Capitol yesterday was an uprising against the United States instigated by the President. This president should not stay in office for another day. ” he said on Thursday. “The quickest, most effective way – this can be done today – to remove this president from office is for the vice president to call 25 immediatelyth Modification. If the Vice President and Cabinet refuse to stand, Congress should meet again to indict the President. “

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