The last impeachment megathread is about five days old but it appears there is still a significant amount of interest. When weighing that along with today’s developments, here’s a new megathread. As with the last few megathreads, this is not a ‘live event’ megathread and as such, our rules are not relaxed. Please keep this in mind while participating.
From the New York Times:
The White House declared war on the House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, announcing that it would not cooperate with what it called an illegitimate and partisan effort “to overturn the results of the 2016 election” of Donald J. Trump.
In a letter to House Democratic leaders, the White House said the inquiry violated precedent and President Trump’s due process rights in such an egregious way that neither he nor the executive branch would willingly provide testimony or documents, a daring move that sets the stage for a constitutional clash.
Potential discussion topics, as we’re into heavy political theory territory:
- Impeachment is an inherently political process; when a witness in a court case is subpoena’d for testimony, the court may order their arrest for failing to comply. With impeachment, the consequence for failing to comply with a subpoena is… potential impeachment. What risk does the President run of forcing Congress to impeach him for failing to abide by Congress’ exercise of its impeachment power?
- Does the President instead decide what the impeachment power is?
- To what extent does political safety guarantee the holder of the executive office a position?
- To date, no President has been removed from office by the impeachment process – having declared this process illegitimate, could the President make an argument that any resulting impeachment and conviction is illegitimate as well? What would the political ramifications be?