Right now we are living in an unprecedented time in our country’s and the world history. For the first time ever a sitting president of the United States is being impeached not once but twice. In only his first four years, And as I write this, House speaker Nancy Pelosi along with a Bi-partisan body of the House of Representatives, are arguing and making the case to complete that very task.
It is truly and not arguably the most historic moment in our nation. Charged with inciting a riot to overturn an election and the government based on a lie… Donald John Trump having lost the election that was certified by the electoral college in every state in his last week in office will suffer the ultimate humiliation.
Being impeached a second time has its consequences. It means he can never run again, he will lose his pension, he also loses his Secret Service detail. In short, he will simply be the average guy. Or rather the average billionaire guy born to wealthy parents, left a fortune, never working a day in his life, dwindling that fortune with humongous and flamboyant business and Real Estate and branding deals starting in New York City, then Atlantic City, then around the world with golf courses and resorts… Yeah that type of average guy who only paid $750 in taxes.
So what exactly is impeachment? For that and to be certain yours truly did what we all do, I went to Google. So here it is in its basic terms:
The impeachment process starts in the House of Representatives with a formal impeachment inquiry. If the House Judiciary Committee finds sufficient grounds, its members write and pass articles of impeachment, which then go to the full House for a vote.
A simple majority in the House is all that’s needed to formally impeach a president. But that doesn’t mean he or she is out of a job. The final stage is the Senateimpeachment trial. Only if two-thirds of the Senate find the president guilty of the crimes laid out in the articles of impeachment is the POTUS removed from office.
Although Congress has impeached and removed eight federal officials—all federal judges—no president has ever been found guilty during a Senate impeachment trial. Andrew Johnson came awfully close, though; he barely escaped a guilty verdict by one vote.
If a president is acquitted by the Senate, the impeachment trial is over. But if he or she is found guilty, the Senate trial moves to the sentencing or “punishment” phase. The Constitution allows for two types of punishments for a president found guilty of an impeachable offense: “Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States.”
The first punishment, removal from office, is automatically enforced following a two-thirds guilty vote. But the second punishment, disqualification from holding any future government position, requires a separate Senate vote. In this case, only a simple majority is required to ban the impeached president from any future government office for life. That second vote has never been held since no president has been found guilty in the Senate trial. —
Okay, everyone got that?
Because this is happening in real time this reporter will be updating this article periodically throughout the day. – –
What I can tell you is that impeachment of a President has happened now four times
1 – Most recently Bill Clinton
2 – Richard Nixon, although he resigned before the impeachment process could go all the way through.
3 – President Andrew Johnson. Who was President Abraham Lincoln‘s vice president andInterestingly enough the president to whom this current POTUS has compared himself too often. And if you look at the history of Andrew Jackson, the similarities are truly… Well, similar.
So currently Donald Trump the president who likes to be number one at everything, is number one at being impeached. As I write this the House is going through the procedural votes to determine who on both sides of the aisle are in favor of impeachment.
Stay tuned for further updates right here as this historic moment unfolds.