Over the past two years, how often have you heard Democrats talk about wanting to impeach President Donald Trump? In fact, the first time I heard a Democrat talk of impeachment was November 9, 2016, the day after the election and some continue to talk about impeachment still.
The US Constitution provides the provisions for the impeachment process as spelled out:
Article 1, Section 2 states:
“The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.”
Article I, Section 3 states:
“The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.”
“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: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.”
Article II, Section 4 states:
“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
The process of impeachment is more involved than one may think. Articles of impeachment must originate in the House, generally in committee, but not always. After debate and deliberation, the full House votes on each article of impeachment and it only takes a simple majority to pass each article. If any of the articles of impeachment are approved, they are next forwarded to the Senate. The Senate then conducts what some describe as a trial, but is not technically the same kind of trial as what occurs in most courthouses. Both sides present evidence and bring witnesses. Then the Senators vote on each article of impeachment individually, unlike in the House, the Senate needs a two-thirds super majority vote to approve each article of impeachment. Per the Constitution, if convicted of impeachment by the Senate, Trump should be immediately removed from office and Vice President Mike Pence would be sworn in as the next President of the United States.
One thing that needs to be noted is that if Trump would be impeached and Pence become president, Pence could not pardon Trump, nor could Trump ever hold public office again.
Trump has been in office now for just over 2 years and some Democrats are still talking of impeachment, even though Nancy Pelosi says she is not considering impeachment at this time. But what if something suddenly turns up in Mueller’s continuing probe that would lead to Trump’s impeachment and subsequent removal from office?
Would this satisfy Trump-hating Democrats?
My answer is an emphatic NO!
Because Democrats will instantly turn on Mike Pence, just like they have turned on Trump, but for a different reason. Trump was a political outsider who dared to speak the truth. Pence also speaks the truth, but Pence is a strong evangelical Christian.
A man who attends the same church I do, told me that his family and grew with the Pence family and that he knows Mike Pence very well. He told me that Pence’s faith is strong and he is committed to his Christian faith.
Since becoming Vice President, Pence has drawn criticism over his refusal to be alone with any woman other than his wife. He won’t even ride in a car alone with another woman to avoid any chance of temptation or accusations of impropriety.
Karen Pence has been drawing a lot of criticism and demands that she quit her job as an art teacher at a Christian school. The real kicker for critics is that the Christian school has very strict Christian policies including on same-sex relationships.
The Constitution states that no person shall be barred from public office based upon a religious test, but that is not stopping some Democrats who have refused to confirm some of Trump’s nominees because they are Christians. The Democrats say that their Christianity is enough to disqualify them from serving in the position Trump nominated them for.
No, Democrats will not be satisfied if they impeach and remove Trump from office because of Pence’s strong Christian f