IMPEACHMENT AND YOU: A Guide to Understanding Grounds for Impeachment

Or: How Much Longer Do I Have To Protest This Shit
  1. Hi America! So, things aren't looking great with our President right now
  2. Pictured: you on Facebook all the time probably
  3. And when things don't go so hot with a major political figure, we immediately turn to calling for impeachment: the removal of somebody from officr
  4. Fun fact: a peach pit is INpeached
  5. The impeachment process, while not necessarily difficult, isn't merely as easy as firing somebody for doing something controversial
  6. The basic things you need to know are:
  7. 1) The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the US shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for and conviction of Treason, Bribery, or Other High Crimes and Misdemeanors
    Article II, Section 4 - US Constitution
  8. 2) The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all impeachments
    Article I, Section 3 - US Constitution
  9. These are the ground rules. To set up an Impeachment there are a few more things to know:
  10. But first, this cat.
  11. The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing to determine if the President (or VP, Federal Judge, etc.) even should be Impeached.
    If they determine yes, they write up articles and bring them to the House
  12. The House of Representatives then votes on if they should proceed.
    If yes, it goes to the Senate
  13. The issue is then brought to trial in the Senate. After all arguments are heard, a 2/3 majority vote is needed to Impeach.
    If successful, the accused can never hold office again
  14. So, we have a few roadblocks
  15. The first is determining if Trump broke the law via Treason or Bribery
  16. "Treason against the US shall consist only in levying war against them or in adhering to their enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort" -Article 3, Section 3, Clause 1 - US Constitution
  17. This gets tricky because it has to be cut and dry. Trump either has to aid an active enemy of the US or intentionally declare war on the US itself
  18. I'm not sure if Nordstrom counts
  19. Additionally, it's not entirely clear if America has a set enemy at this time as we are not currently at war with another country.
  20. Which leads us to Bribery; a crime the constitution has no definition for.
    Though Bribery, as a crime, is defined as accepting money or gifts to influence the official's behavior in office
  21. Now, that doesn't mean accepting money from the NRA to loosen gun restrictions, this is more "if we give you this money, find us not guilty even though we totally are" type stuff
  22. Much like rocking rhymes, defining these crimes is tricky
  23. So what about "high crimes and misdemeanors?"
    This is a little looser, but again, a clear defined crime needs to be committed
  24. Sadly, not just any crime will do. A high crime is understood as a felony or major crime and misdemeanor as a lesser crime
  25. This isn't to say Trump is in the clear, there is some sketchiness to pay attention to outside of policy
    Keeping an eye on his "blind trust" will be the big potential one.
  26. But even if he's absolutely nailed on something, Impeachment isn't merely a legal matter: it's political
  27. First off: here's what we're dealing with in the House of Representatives
    A lazy rainbow?
  28. The HoR has a republican majority, meaning it's likely that an Impeachment hearing wouldn't even pass step 1
  29. Assuming it did though, here's the Senate
    A slightly less lazy Rainbow?
  30. There's a republican majority there too. And given how hard it was to even block Betsy DeVos, full on kicking Trump out under these circumstances will be nearly impossible
  31. Look, we're basically in Trumptopia for at least 2 years unless 3 republicans start siding with the left in the Senate
  32. But the balance is very light right now. And we're on the verge of a key election year.
  33. You better be!
  34. There are 34 Senate Seats up for reelection in 2018:
    23 democrats, 9 republicans, and 2 independents
  35. Here's a quick list of the states with senate elections
    Washington, California, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Florida, Vermont, Maine, and Hawaii
  36. I can't promise we'll ever Impeach Trump. No US President has ever been kicked out of office due to Impeachment.
  37. We were so very close once though
  38. The Dems have a lot to lose this election. To achieve a majority, Democrats would need to win at least 26/34 elections
    assuming the independents win reelection and keep voting with Dems. So 28 wins needed basically
  39. Conversely, the GOP only needs 8 to keep majority
  40. Don't be too discouraged! Many of those blue seats are in the north east, which is a bastion for democratic senators
  41. But those of you (and us) in battleground purple states? Get aware and get active
    If we can turn two red states blue and retain all other blue states, we've got him.
  42. Here are your red states for the 2018 election
    Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Nebraska, Texas, Mississippi, Kentucky
  43. And your battleground blue states
    North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia
  44. Can we impeach him? Maybe. Can we make his life a living hell? Absolutely.