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Erick Erickson on

If Republicans found out President Joe Biden pardoned someone and his son Hunter concurrently received $1 million from that person in the last week of Biden's presidency, we should not kid ourselves. The Republicans would move to impeach Biden and gladly conclude a trial even after Biden had departed the presidency.

Senate Republicans are currently, shamefully, hiding behind a constitutional argument to avoid having to deal with the fallout of former President Donald Trump's two months of lies about the election. Those lies inspired a mob that he unquestionably egged on, urging a march on the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Their constitutional argument is that a president cannot be convicted of an impeachment after he has departed his office.

Up until a month ago, it really was not a controversial or minority opinion that a sitting president, if impeached, could be tried after his term expired. There is precedent for impeaching others out of office who were impeached while in office. Many of the Republicans who are now very loudly saying this is unconstitutional have held the opposite position in the past.

Many now denying Trump provoked this, after he lied about the election for two months and demanded people fight for him, were 100% on board condemning Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for provoking an attack on a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility with her concentration camp rhetoric.

Trump should be convicted and barred from office. However, it is not going to happen. The GOP will hold the line because they talk about principle, but they are really not that principled. Spare me; neither are the Democrats. They would be behaving the same way, and you will probably one day see it, even as Democrats deny it.

The GOP should do the right thing, and they will not, because they are more scared of Trump's voters than everyone else. The public's bile and rage at them should be, in part, directed at the Democrats who decided to engage in emotional theater instead of having a real trial.

 

Are they subpoenaing former Vice President Mike Pence as a witness? Nope.

The bison-helmeted 'QAnon Shaman'? Nope.

The police officers? Nope.

They're not having a trial, and a year ago, Sen. Chuck Schumer said not calling witnesses made it a sham. His specific words with the last impeachment trial were: "What is a trial with no witnesses and no documents? It's a sham trial."

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