For more on David Frum’s case for impeachment, read his Atlantic article here
For more on Kimberly Strassel’s case against impeachment, read her Wall Street Journal column here
is a step-by-step guide on how impeachment works.
David Frum talks about how impeachment ended up in the constitution in 1787. This
article offers some background on how America’s founding fathers came to define impeachable offenses. It also discusses how the process imitated Britain’s in some ways (through two branches of government) yet differs in its sentencing. American lawmakers decided that impeachment could only lead to a president’s removal from office. Afterwards, he could still be indicted and face criminal prosecution.
David talks about previous impeachments of US presidents. There have been three presidents who faced impeachment before Donald Trump: Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton. Here
is an explainer of how Donald Trump’s impeachment compares to those past.
Kimberly Strassel says that there is a bare majority support for impeachment. According to recent polls
, American support for impeachment is almost evenly split, mainly along party lines. 91% of Democratic respondents approve of Trump's impeachment and 92% of Republican respondents oppose it.
Kimberly argues that due to no evidence of bribery or extortion, the House Democrats used two other charges against Donald Trump: Contempt of Congress and Abuse of Power. You can read the articles of impeachment in full here
David mentions Trump's public call on China on October 3rd
, when he pressured them to also investigate Joe Biden. You can watch that address here
David talks about Donald Trump’s construction projects
in foreign countries, like India, Pakistan, and Turkey, for which he has not disclosed financial records.
Kim references a 2012 discussion
between Barack Obama and former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev about continuing discussions about the European missile defense program. Caught on a hot mic, Obama asked for some space until after the election, after which he would be more willing to discuss the sensitive topic.