Obstruction of Justice

Well, first, the House has to indict the President. If, by vote, Trump is indicted, then the case is heard by the Senate, which again votes but this time does so to determine whether to remove him from Office. Bill Clinton was impeached the House but acquitted by the Senate, which is why he wasn’t removed from Office.

Given the majority of Republicans in both of the House and the Senate, our best course of action is to get as many Democrats in both chambers and flip as many remaining Republicans so that they’re against Trump and would vote to indict him. That would allow the House to move forward with discussion about a possible indictment, and in Senate, that would give us the best chance to make sure we can remove him from Office.

All of this would take time, though. It’s now June 2017. There’s plenty of time, but let’s think for a second. Any investigation into criminal wrongdoing takes time and only started yesterday. If it takes a month to determine he actually violated the law, then it takes probably 2-3 months to build a case and perhaps a couple more months to ensure the case is strong. Given little evidence that could be considered a smoking gun, that case would need to be impenetrable. There’s also more time taken than usual because this is the Office of the Presidency that we’re talking about here. Moreover, the DOJ will likely take their time, asking any judge for more and more time to prepare their case, as, despite knowing the possibility that Mueller may bring formal charges, there are no grounds to claim they should’ve been preparing already. That means they’ll given at least a couple months to prepare their case. We’ll be well into 2018 by then, if not at least the second quarter of 2018. That means we’ll have already seen primary results for some House and Senate elections to be held in November 2018. As such, any indictment of Trump in the House may not take place until a new Congress in 2018. If Republicans still have the majority, there’s little we can do. If Democrats have the majority, then they could do a lot of good to help this country–healthcare, repealing the CHOICE Act etc–instead of removing Trump from Office.

Finally, if we remove Trump, we’ll have Pence. If Republican voters don’t like Trump, then it’s better to have a 2020 Presidential Election between a Democratic candidate and a weaker Trump than a Democratic candidate and someone like Pence who hasn’t yet proven how horrible he’d be and who, in comparison to Trump, would be seen as a second chance, like Trump was somehow a mulligan or something.

Whether you’re favor of Impeachment or waiting until 2020, what you do NOW is the exact same. Get as many Democrats in office or at least Republicans who don’t like Trump into office in 2018.

Call your Congressperson if they’re running for reelection or call the campaign for election of a new Congressperson. Get involved. Volunteer. Ensure that you get the word out. Do everything you can to clear up any doubts someone might have about Trump’s improprieties. Don’t oversell it. You want to be believed. So don’t go too far. Ensure that every knows that there are plenty of checks and balances in this country and that Trump is trying to dismantle them so that he can streamline his power all the way down so that he can control everything without anyone looking into whether his actions are appropriate or not.

We need to stay strong in our resolve. We need to keep knowing that we can get through this. We must never think that this is just how it’s going to be. If we do that, Trump wins. We also need to remember that we don’t want to vote someone who is just better than Trump. We want to be able to write off this mistake and move forward by voting for someone who is better than anyone who has ever held the Office of the Presidency in the past. If we take careful steps to ensure that now, then we have a really good chance.

Keep fighting, get out there and volunteer on a campaign, keep telling the truth, and we will get through this.

 

 

 

 

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