Bill Blum: The frequent references to Hamilton were not surprising. Hamilton was one of the primary framers of the Constitution. And among the framers, he was the most prolific writer on the topic of impeachment.
Bill Blum: None of the potential witnesses identified by Democrats could offer evidence as relevant as the President on his motives in dealing with Zelensky and ordering a hold on American aid.
Bill Blum: Absent proof of an imminent threat, the killing of Soleimani should be considered an assassination, which is illegal under a series of executive orders dating back to the administration of President Gerald Ford.
Bill Blum: While mainstream pundits debate the wisdom of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to delay delivering the articles to the Senate until the upper chamber agrees to conduct a meaningful impeachment trial, progressives should take the opportunity to highlight the inadequacy of the current articles, and urge the Democrats to expand them while there is still time.
Bill Blum: Indeed, if ideology made no difference in the way judges render decisions, we would never have stressed over Trump’s nominations of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
Bill Blum: The Trump articles comprise a narrative of corruption, and on close inspection may not be as constrained as they appear at first glance.
Bill Blum: At the heart of the anxiety is the lingering question of whether impeachment is worth the effort as long as it remains unlikely that the Republican-controlled Senate will vote to convict.
Bill Blum: For Trump, rules, including the rule of law, are meant to be broken. Defiance, fueled by a volatile mix of psychopathology, sociopathy and ignorance, is his brand.
Bill Blum: Trump has dispatched Barr to promote a wacky rightwing conspiracy theory that could discredit the Mueller report, divert public attention from Trump’s manifold acts of corruption, and cripple the impeachment inquiry.
Bill Blum: The Constitution requires the Senate to conduct an impeachment trial, and how the Senate fulfills that responsibility could be as important to the future of American democracy as the result itself.
Bill Blum: With its five-member conservative majority now firmly entrenched, the panel is poised to swing further to the right as it grapples with issues on LGBT rights, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, abortion, the Second Amendment and “religious liberty.”
Bill Blum: Trump, for his part, appears increasingly exhausted, paranoid and incoherent, not unlike Ricard Nixon in the final stages of Watergate.
Bill Blum: Kavanaugh has wisely declined to comment on the op-ed or the calls for his impeachment. Trump, on the other hand, has proceeded with the usual reckless abandon.