House democrats revealed the expected articles of impeachment against President Trump this morning. They list the charges as “Treason, Bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors”. They also highlight that section 3 of the 14th amendment prohibits anyone impeached from seeking the office again. In her letter to the Democrat caucus yesterday, Pelosi promised this would happen.
The rationale given in the four-page document (shown below) was that Trump disagreed with the idea that the election was fair, and that by telling his supporters “if you don’t fight like hell you won’t have a country anymore” he was demanding an insurrection. They also mention a mischaracterized phone call with the Georgia Secretary of State as election interference.
It remains to be seen whether or not there are enough votes in the Senate to imperil the balance of his administration. Currently, the Senate is in recess, and it appears that Mitch McConnel will not reconvene early. This puts the Senate back in session on January 19, meaning an impeachment trial would start on January 20, the day of Biden’s inauguration. An impeachment trial would also mean Congress is not approving nominees or passing legislation, something the Democrats want to begin doing immediately.
For these reasons, Sunday night on CNN’s “State of the Union“, House Democratic Whip James Clyburn said they may wait until after Biden’s first 100 days to begin the impeachment process, more than three months after President Trump has left the office.
Make no mistake, the impeachment has nothing to do with any action by President Trump. This is a warning that any further action by anyone outside of the government or corporate establishment will be dealt with equally as harshly or worse.