The House is on the right track, but there are minor changes could strengthen the draft.
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The Senate rules do not require a full trial, nor do they equate “removal” with “disqualification.”
The House Judiciary Committee should take a prosecutor’s perspective, considering what goal impeachment will serve in drafting articles.
The Trump administration’s refusal to engage the committee has a small problem: two federal obstruction of justice statutes.
New Homeland Security Asylum Rule Allows Removal to Central American Countries That Have Signed Agreements With the U.S.
In a new rule, DHS authorizes removal of asylum seekers at the southern border of the U.S. to Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador for asylum processing in those countries, as long as the removed individuals are not nationals of the particular country that will receive them.
The decision highlighted key tensions between the ban on uninsured immigrants and existing law.
In recent weeks, House Democrats have intensified their investigation into President Trump’s contacts with Ukraine, subpoenaing documents from the executive branch and calling administration officials to testify.
Impeachment is both a political and a legal process. It is not unconstrained by precedent, nor is it controlled by it. In the course of impeachment, legislators may be guided by a sense of constitutional responsibility, but they also keep their eye on public opinion polls. They are sensitive to the constitutional history they are writing. Lawmakers also prefer reelection to defeat. Nothing they say in one moment about process or substance may hold under the pressure of events or swings in public sentiment.
All that’s left to defenders of President Trump in Congress is to make noise.