Double jeopardy when it comes to impeachment

The House of Representatives passed the article of impeachment accusing President  Trump of “willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States” in violation of his oath to The Constitution, making Trump the first president in history to have  impeachment charges brought against him twice.

The vote was 232-197 with 10 Republicans joining all 222 Democratic representatives. Here are the 10 Republican House members voting for the article.

  • Liz Cheney (WY)

  • Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA)

  • John Katko (NY)

  • Adam Kinzinger (IL)

  • Fred Upton (MI)

  • Dan Newhouse (WA)

  • Peter Meijer (MI)

  • Anthony Gonzalez (OH)

  • Tom Rice (SC) 

  • David Valadao (CA).

Not one speaker in the day-long proceeding prior to the vote Wednesday evening could cite the specific language Trump used to “willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States” in his speech last week.

However, Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) hit the nail on the head stating “We need to remove him right now, before he declassifies anything,” which was really telling on the push for impeachment and/or invoking the 25th Amendment.

Also, according to data compiled by video recording time stamps, the storming of Capitol Hill began while Trump was still speaking a mile and a half away. Trump was more than an hour late before beginning his scheduled 11AM speech on January 6th.

What will come of the impeachment is anyone’s guess. We are truly in uncharted waters as the Senate will not take up the trial until after Trump has left office. The Supreme Court will have to ultimately take up the issue if it’s constitutionally sound to impeach after the fact.

An impeachment trial is neither a criminal or civil proceeding. It is purely a political trial with the only penalty being expulsion from office. So how can you expel someone who is no longer holding that office?

As I have said numerous times this political theater — if successful — is to ensure Trump cannot run in 2024.

Here’s a point I would like the Supreme Court to take up soon. What is the most important document in America? Is it the US Constitution or the terms of service agreements for Twitter and Facebook?

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