by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:
The Democrats are convinced that they finally have President Trump in a trap from which he will not possibly be able to escape. Nancy Pelosi’s plan is to have articles of impeachment ready for a vote some time around Thanksgiving, and she probably would have never started down this road if she did not believe that she already has the votes that she needs to impeach Trump. By stonewalling the investigations that are happening in Congress, Trump can try to push this timeline back a bit, but Pelosi is determined to move forward quickly. All it takes is a simple majority to impeach Trump in the House, and so Pelosi could lose quite a few Democrats and still be successful. Then this matter would move to the U.S. Senate for a trial, and it would take 67 votes to convict Trump and remove him from office. Since the Democrats only have 47 seats in the Senate, you would think that Trump should be safe, but unfortunately that may not be the case. Many Republicans in the Senate are not fans of Trump at all, and they may just stab Trump in the back if there is an opportunity to do so.
If Trump is removed from office, it is going to cause an explosion of political anger among conservatives like we have never seen before. On Wednesday, Franklin Graham warned that our nation could literally “begin to unravel” if that happened…
“Our country could begin to unravel if an elected president is thrown out of office because of lies and the media,” said Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, in an interview on Wednesday (Oct. 2) with Religion News Service. “It could be a devastating thing. We’re in very dangerous territory. I would encourage all the politicians to look very carefully at where we are and first of all make sure that truth is told.”
Sadly, I believe that Graham is 100 percent correct.
Of course if Trump is impeached but then he is not convicted by the Senate, we could see a similar explosion of anger on the left.
I don’t know if Democrats have thought this through completely, because it appears that this could end very badly no matter which way this impeachment process is resolved.
At this point, virtually every major news outlet is accusing Trump of committing an “impeachable offense” by soliciting “political assistance” from a foreign government. In fact, this is being said so frequently that very few people are even questioning it any longer.
But let’s look at what the law actually says. The following is the relevant portion of federal law that prohibits “contributions and donations by foreign nationals”…
§30121. Contributions and donations by foreign nationals
It shall be unlawful for-
(1) a foreign national, directly or indirectly, to make-
(A) a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State, or local election;
(B) a contribution or donation to a committee of a political party; or
(C) an expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement for an electioneering communication (within the meaning of section 30104(f)(3) of this title); or
(2) a person to solicit, accept, or receive a contribution or donation described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (1) from a foreign national.
(b) “Foreign national” defined
As used in this section, the term “foreign national” means-
(1) a foreign principal, as such term is defined by section 611(b) of title 22, except that the term “foreign national” shall not include any individual who is a citizen of the United States; or
(2) an individual who is not a citizen of the United States or a national of the United States (as defined in section 1101(a)(22) of title 8) and who is not lawfully admitted for permanent residence, as defined by section 1101(a)(20) of title 8.
(Pub. L. 92–225, title III, §319, formerly §324, as added Pub. L. 94–283, title I, §112(2), May 11, 1976, 90 Stat. 493 ; renumbered §319, Pub. L. 96–187, title I, §105(5), Jan. 8, 1980, 93 Stat. 1354 ; amended Pub. L. 107–155, title III, §§303, 317, Mar. 27, 2002, 116 Stat. 96 , 109.)
So essentially what the mainstream media is claiming is that if Ukraine decided to investigate Joe Biden’s corruption that it would be a “campaign contribution” to the Trump campaign, and that Trump would be guilty of an “impeachable offense” by soliciting such a “campaign contribution”.
Such a wild interpretation of this law would make it illegal for any future president to ask any other country to do anything if it would possibly benefit them politically in the future in any way, shape or form.