Congress' Constitutional Crisis
Updated: Jan 16, 2020
I guess the real question I have is this: Can one chamber of Congress press charges against members of the other chamber? Here's where I believe we're heading towards a Constitutional Crisis. On one side is the House of Representatives; on the other is the Senate. This crisis is completely caused by the overzealous actions of the House Democrats, as the majority party since the 2018 elections. When Donald Trump was elected President in the 2016 election, before he even took office in January 2017, the Democrats were rattling their "Impeachment" sabers.
As Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi is able to completely set the agenda, as her party also controls all the committees in the House. The House Democrats, even before possessing this power, waged war against President Trump. Why? Because he dared defeat Hillary, since of course, it was "Her Turn". First there was Russia-Gate, backed by the Steele Dossier, which we now know was completely fabricated and paid for by the Clinton Campaign. Accompanying that was Porn-Gate - ok this is totally my term - it's more factual that Hooker-Gate, even though Hooker-Gate sounds better. Anyway, this Storm blew over, and then the Mueller investigation kept us in rapt attention. All these proved to be based on false accusations, made-up evidence, or hit the American "Who Cares" button. Along the way, we were entertained by the Left's constant barrage of made-up lies, right Justice Kavanaugh?
Then the whistleblower, Eric Ciaramella, who we will not name - take time to laugh, if you must - hears of a potential issue with funding of country aid promised to Ukraine. He says it was being held up by President Trump to force an investigation into the son of Trump's political rival, Joe Biden. While this might be cause for alarm, Joe Biden on video bragged about doing what Trump asked the Ukrainians to look into - see it here - so the fact that it was a potential political rival is coincidental, unless you're trying to make that the point like the Democrats are doing. Per the impeachment inquisition, we determined that no aid was held up, and no quid pro quo existed, so that was a bust. Republicans were not allowed to call any witnesses that might rebuff the idea that Trump was not guilty. The initial hearings were carried out in the House Intelligence Committee, not the House Foreign Affairs Committee or even the House Finance Committee. The two latter sites would have been more appropriate, since they were actually dealing with foreign affairs and finances. But no - they held them in the House Intelligence Committee so the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF - the place where super-tippy-top secret stuff is contained) could be used to disallow anyone not deemed "Need to Know" from attending the initial planning, which since the Democrats are in control, meant no Republicans at all. This is completely a political assassination.
The Democrats, desperate to impeach Trump, which is more like a coup than an impeachment (see my post on this here) came up with two articles of impeachment on 12/10/19, because it was so urgent to get this accomplished before the Christmas break. Urgent. Now, more than a month later, this urgent issue has still not been sent to the Senate for trial. Why? Because the Democrats want a fair trial where both sides can call witnesses - you know, like the Democrats did in the House - because their impeachment that was so urgent to get accomplished wasn't complete enough - I guess - and they want to call witnesses that can throw even more mud on the wall to see what sticks.
Here's where the Constitutional Crisis comes in: The Senate will likely have a trial where witnesses are called. One of the witnesses named is Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff himself. I would assume even more witnesses will be called to not only shed light on the two articles, but also shed light on the underlying coup attempt. Here's my original question again: Can the Senate file sedition charges against members of the House while carrying out the impeachment that is, very obviously, nothing more than an attempt to overthrow a duly elected President? If they do file sedition charges, I suspect the idea of impeaching a president because you don't like him will die a very gorey death. If they just acquit him without a trial, there is nothing stopping the next president - maybe a Democrat - from being hounded and impeached at the drop of a hat in every instance where the House and the President represent opposing parties. We are at a place in our Nation's existence where this cannot be allowed to stand.
One more thing. Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist 65, spoke about the impeachment processes of our nation and warned that we guard against the political use of impeachment. Here is a great summary of what it states. Contact your Senators. Demand that if they decide to move forward with a trial that includes witnesses that all outcomes of this are viable and punishable, to include filing sedition charges and corruption charges wherever the the evidence takes them. It should be run as though it were a special investigation, not just like a trial. Look into the Bidens; look into why Schiff disallowed republicans from presenting any witnesses; look into the players of the Steele Dossier. Let the truth come out - everywhere it needs to come out.