President Trump is taking a very unique approach to defending his impeachment – denying it even exists.
Donald Trump has now been officially impeached by the Democrat controlled House. The Articles were drafted for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress based on the circumstances surrounding a phone call in which Trump appeared to press Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to probe the family of former Vice President Joe Biden while withholding foreign military aid to the country.
But, the very next afternoon, Trump responded to his impeachment by telling reporters that it was a hoax. “I don’t feel like I’m being impeached because it’s a hoax,” he said. “It’s a setup, it’s a horrible thing they did.”
Trump went on to say, “They happen to have a small majority and they took that small majority and they forced people,” the president continued, “I watched Pelosi out there saying, ‘Oh, no, we don’t want to talk to anybody.’ They tried to get them to do what they had to do and many of those people were like Jeff [Van Drew], where they didn’t want to go that way.”
“To me it doesn’t feel like impeachment,” he repeated. “It doesn’t feel like impeachment. It’s a phony deal and they cheapened the word impeachment, it’s an ugly word, but they cheapened the word impeachment. That should never again happen to another president.”
Despite his denials, technically, Trump has been officially “impeached,” because, the power to impeach lies solely with the House. According to Article One of the Constitution, “The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.”
If the official is then convicted in a Senate impeachment trial, they will be removed from office — and we all know that is as unlikely as a White Christmas in Miami!
However, to a degree, Trump may be right about not even currently being impeached by the House. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been stalling in sending the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate; and Constitutional scholars, in fact, one who testified as one of the Democrats own “fact witnesses,” – Noah Feldman — says, in the absence of formally sending the Articles to the upper chamber, technically, there is no impeachment!