Liberty Star Justin Amash Warns Against Impeachment
Article from Reason by Joe Setyon.
Rep. Justin Amash, a libertarian-leaning Republican from Michigan, offered his take last night on the possibility of impeaching President Donald Trump. While impeachment proceedings and a subsequent trial in the Senate are constitutional, he wrote, the process should not be taken lightly.
On Tuesday, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted on eight counts of tax and bank fraud. That same day, Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, admitted in court to coordinating with his boss during the 2016 campaign to pay several women not to talk about their sexual liaisons with Trump. On top of it all, Cohen’s lawyer has said his client is willing to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Speculation has thus abounded that Trump could be impeached, especially if Democrats take back control of the House in the November midterm elections.
According to Amash, the allegations against the president should be “taken seriously.” But before acting in a way that could affect Trump’s tenure, Congress should wait for Mueller to release the results of his investigation into Russian election meddling:
We should allow Robert Mueller to complete his investigation and issue his report before taking any action potentially affecting the president’s tenure.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) August 23, 2018
Amash then cited Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist No. 69, which suggests that the president cannot be criminally prosecuted while in office. “Before facing ordinary criminal liability, he first would have to be impeached, tried, convicted, and removed from office,” Amash wrote.
Read the entire article at Reason.
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