In a rage-filled tweet sent out on Sunday by President Donald Trump, he accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff of “high crimes and misdemeanors, and even treason”, calling for their impeachment.
This may be the first time in US history that a sitting president has publicly accused a member of their own government of treason.
But more to the point, neither Schiff nor Pelosi can be impeached because, well, that’s not how impeachment works. Perhaps someone needs to explain to the president what exactly impeachment means before they give him back his phone to continue on Twitter.
Pelosi and Schiff Not the Only Officials Trump Wants to Impeach
Despite the fact that this is not how it works, President Trump also said on Saturday that he would like to see Sen. Mitt Romney be impeached from office as well.
His attack on a member of his own political party came days after Romney expressed concern about Trump’s phone call with Ukraine. Calling Romney a “pompous ***”, Trump said that Romney never knew how to win and that he “choked” when running for president in 2012.
“If Mitt worked this hard on Obama, he could have won.”
The Trump Twitter Storm Continues
The president has been especially active on Twitter in the past week after the impeachment inquiry became real to him, and we’re hearing a lot of his own personal thoughts and beliefs (including the “ELECTION INTERFERENCE!” tweet with zero context that trended heavily on Twitter).
Nancy Pelosi knew of all of the many Shifty Adam Schiff lies and massive frauds perpetrated upon Congress and the American people, in the form of a fraudulent speech knowingly delivered as a ruthless con, and the illegal meetings with a highly partisan “Whistleblower” & lawyer…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
Last night, he went on a rampage against Pelosi and Schiff. He has rarely gotten along with Pelosi, and her leading the impeachment inquiry against him has done nothing to change that.
Trump’s feud with Schiff is recent, however, and stems from his potential connection to the whistleblower and Schiff’s reading of a dramatization of Ukraine call which Schiff embellished and improvised, calling it satire.
Here’s the Problem: They Can’t Be Impeached
Trump doesn’t seem to understand that you can’t just throw around the word ‘impeach’ and hope it applies, especially in this one.
Article I, Section 5 of the United States Constitution states that both the House and Senate abide by their own rules and that no lawmaker within those rules may be “impeached”.
That doesn’t mean that members can’t be removed from office. Instead of an impeachment inquiry like the president is experiencing right now, either body may remove a member for good reason with a 2/3 vote.
As part of a balance of power, the president has zero authority or input on who the House and Senate remove from their ranks. In the history of the United States, only five members have ever been expelled from the House, and only 15 have been expelled from the Senate.