Desperately trying to drum up public excitement (and incitement) for their impeachment of President Donald Trump, House Democrats keep changing the script. On Thursday, in announcing that she was directing committee heads to draw up articles of impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that it wasn’t even ABOUT Ukraine, but rather it was about Russia. Apparently, she realized that no one really gives a damn about Ukrainian politics, but that’s a hell of a stretch. Over the past weeks, we’ve seen the charge against Trump go from “quid pro quo” to “bribery” without any material change in the evidence.
And now, seeing that the public still isn’t particularly interested, House Democrats are bringing out the big guns. In the House Judiciary Committee’s report released this weekend on the constitutional framework for impeaching Trump, the Democrats suggested that the president may be guilty of…drumroll, please…TREASON.
Here’s where we need one of those epic Steve Harvey eyerolls.
“Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort,” states the Constitution.
This, of course, has absolutely nothing to do with any of the allegations against President Trump, so the Judiciary Committee report takes some creative liberties.
“Although the Framers did not intend impeachment for good faith disagreements on matters of diplomacy, they were explicit that betrayal of the Nation through schemes with foreign powers justified that remedy,” they wrote.
Apparently asking a foreign leader to initiate investigations into possible corruption now counts as “scheming with a foreign power”? It now counts as a “betrayal of the Nation”? Guys. Guys. You’re really reaching here.
“At the very heart of ‘Treason’ is deliberate betrayal of the nation and its security. Such betrayal would not only be unforgivable, but would also confirm that the President remains a threat if allowed to remain in office. A President who has knowingly betrayed national security is a President who will do so again. He endangers our lives and those of our allies,” the report continued.
Even if the Democrats are 100% right that Trump engaged in a quid pro quo with Ukraine, there is nothing in that scheme that betrayed the nation, put our security at risk, or “endangered our lives.” To even make such a claim is to invite mockery and scorn.
Let’s hope the Dems get plenty of both.