Our lead story last week raised the question of whether President Trump was impeachable, and if he could be removed without being impeached. Much of the speculation dwelled on the 25th Amendment, in which the president can be removed from office if the vice president and a majority of his cabinet deemed him unfit to lead the nation.
We left the question up in the air, something congress alone has the power to do without the usual procedure, in that it can assemble its own committee and determine its own criteria about the president’s ability to serve.
During the hearings on the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch on Tuesday, Sen. Lindsay Graham, the Republican from South Carolina, surprised everyone by probing the judge about the impeachment process and what it would take to impeach President Trump. Graham asked if Trump started waterboarding people could he be impeached. Gorsuch finessed the question by telling the senator “the impeachment power belongs to this body [congress].”
“Get ready for impeachment!” charged Rep. Maxine Waters of California. As she has insisted for several weeks now, Trump is on his way to meet “the criteria for high crimes and misdemeanors, and I maintain that’s where impeachment comes in.”
Sen. Diane Feinstein of California believes impeachment won’t be necessary, that Trump “will get himself out of office.”
There are also rumblings from Democrats that impeachment proceedings could begin after hearing FBI Director James Comey shoot down Trump’s allegations that former President Obama wiretapped his phones during the 2016 elections.
But again, the impeachment process is not easy—it can happen only with a majority of support from the representatives, then a trial in the Senate, and then two-thirds of the Senate to support it.
Then there’s the nearly one million Americans who have signed a petition demanding that Trump be impeached, citing a number of reasons, none of which can be defined as fake news, as the president would have it.
There’s no need to cite any of the reasons here because as we’ve said for several weeks now to Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go!