November 19, 2019

Impeachment Isn't a Panacea

“Calls for the impeachment of President Trump have resumed, and they’re louder than ever.

They began from the start of the Trump presidency. (My first column about whether a drive to impeach Trump would succeed ran on February 3, 2017, exactly two weeks after his inauguration.) They reached an early peak around the time the president fired FBI Director James Comey. They went into abeyance during much of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, as people waited for the outcome. They crested again during the weeks following the release of the Mueller Report but then faded again, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has made it abundantly clear she will not go forward with beginning the process of impeachment so long as the Republican-held Senate shows no signs of a willingness to convict and remove the president.

But now the demand for impeachment is back, fired by news that Trump apparently tried (no fewer than eight times, according to The Wall Street Journal) to get President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to initiate an investigation of Hunter Biden, the son of the current Democratic presidential frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden. The accusation has triggered widespread outrage and disgust, and passionate pleas for a vote on articles of impeachment, from the far left of the Democratic Party to the Never Trump center-right.”

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