THE U.S. SENATE VS. “THE PELOSI POLKA”
by Joseph DeMaio, ©2020
Moreover, the aforementioned House cabal needs to understand that it is entirely without the power or jurisdiction to dictate to the Senate how any “trial” on an impeachment will be conducted. That is a matter completely committed to the Senate by Art. 1, § 3, Cl. 6 under the Constitution’s grant to that body of the “sole Power to try all Impeachments.” (Emphasis added). “Sole” power does not mean “shared” power or “conditioned-upon-approval-of-the-House” power. It means exclusive power to try impeachments. Clearly, the House cabal did not major in plain English.
Parenthetically, and as noted in the Jander post above, the legal counsel for the cabal (and Hah-vahd law professor Noah Feldman) might wish to take a look at the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Nixon v. United States, 506 U.S. 224 (1993), before insisting that the Senate dance to the Pelosi Polka regarding the establishment of “ground rules” to ensure the type of “fair” trial in the Senate which was repeatedly denied to President Trump in the House. The Democrats have placed their hatred for President Trump front and center, displacing their purported “love of country” and casting to the wayside any pretense of the same. Oh, and they also want you to retain them in power. Really?
Indeed, when one sees the reaction of Squad Member Representative Omar (D. MN) to the recent “neutralization” of one of the leading purveyors of Islamic terrorism in the world and the lamentations of Squad Leader Representative Ocasio-Cortez (D. NY) that the president did not consult with Congress prior to the action, one is hard-pressed to decide which “side” these folks support. Truly, there is “something wrong” with them.
Once again, the Democrats – or at minimum, the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives – continue to demonstrate beyond any reasonable doubt that they have forfeited any claim of right or ability to govern a free people in a constitutional republic such as ours. Period. Boom. Or, as Mr. Jander might say: Full stop. The time for playing games is over.
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