President Donald Trump is vowing to take the matter of impeachment to the Supreme Court if Democrats decide to pursue impeachment, while previous court rulings suggest that the nation’s highest court has no influence in the matter.
“If the partisan Dems ever tried to Impeach, I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court,” Trump wrote in a Tuesday morning tweet.
However, it doesn’t work like that. In a 1993 opinion by Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote that a federal judge’s appeal of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment was not reviewable by courts. Rehnquist said the framers of the Constitution “did not intend for the courts to have the power to review impeachment proceedings.”
Rehnquist wrote that if the courts were allowed to review impeachments, it could plunge the country into “months, or perhaps years, of chaos.”
Tuesday evening, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Democrats may have “no choice” but to impeach Trump, but pressed for “fact-finding” first to see where the path takes us, adding that in terms of impeachment: “we are not there yet.”