Constitutional law expert Michael Gerhardt, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was blunt in his assessment of the current impeachment proceedings during his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee this morning.
And he’s, quite clearly, rightly terrified of what might happen to our country if Donald Trump is allowed to get away with his egregious abuse of power.
“And I just want to stress that if this, if what we’re talking about is not impeachable, then nothing is impeachable. This is precisely the misconduct that the framers created a Constitution, including impeachment, to protect against. And if there’s no action, if Congress concludes they’re gonna give a pass to the president here … every other president will say, ‘Okay, then I can do the same thing,’ and the boundaries will just evaporate. And those boundaries are set up by the Constitution, and we may be witnessing, unfortunately, their erosion, and that is a danger to all of us.”
It’s important to remember that Trump dove headlong into his latest corrupt scheme after he thought he’d gotten away with all the wrongdoing outlined in the Mueller report. Bill Barr’s smokescreen emboldened him, and he immediately thought, “Why not go to the foreign interference well one more time?”
If he gets away with this round of corruption, what do you think he’ll do next? He might as well advertise his services on Craigslist. “For sale: One Western liberal democracy in exchange for foreign election interference, 12-piece Chicken McNugget, or best offer.”
Our country looks prepared to cross the Rubicon any day now, and Republicans couldn’t care less. Tyranny? Sure, why not? It worked for Rome, right?
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