Shortly after the news broke that U.S. forces had killed Qassem Soleimani with a precision drone strike, Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted that “Trump wants war, knows this leads to war and needs the distraction.”
That’s a pretty serious charge, since she’s saying that Trump is taking the country to war for personal political gain. Doesn’t that constitute a high crime?
Omar wasn’t the only Democrat making such claims. New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall accused Trump of taking the country “to the brink of an illegal war with Iran.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard – who voted present on the two Trump impeachment charges – said Friday that “This was very clearly an act of war by this president without any kind of authorization or declaration of war from Congress, clearly violating the Constitution.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the assassination was conducted “without an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iran.”
Over at the conservative-leaning Washington Examiner, Jack Hunter says, apparently in all seriousness, that “Trump’s Iran general strike is the kind of thing you should actually impeach him over.” Waging war unconstitutionally “is a textbook example of executive overreach and abuse of power.”
Hunter doesn’t think Democrats would dare impeach Trump for this. But why is he so confident of that? They wanted to impeach Trump for comments he made at a summit in Helsinki in 2018 and for owning a hotel in Washington, D.C.
Plus, Democrats are clearly still shopping around for more articles of impeachment to file against Trump. They’re even still hoping they can pin a Russia collusion charge on him.
On Friday, House general counsel Douglas Letter stated that more could be forthcoming. That was in response to a direct question from U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Griffith, who said, “There’ve been two articles of impeachment that have been acted upon. Are you here to say that there may be a third?”
To which Letter said, “there might, yeah, absolutely.” Democrats are trying to get grand jury records connected with the Mueller probe unsealed, which they think could yield more impeachment articles.
As we noted in this space recently, Rep. Al Green has said that there’s “no limit” to how many times the Democrats can impeach Trump.
“We can move forward with what we have on the table currently, we can take this before the Senate and we can still investigate other issues and when the president has committed additional offenses, and my suspicion is that he will, we can take those before the Senate,” he said.
So, don’t be surprised if, should the current attempts to remove Trump fail, the Democrats decide to claim that his decision to kill a known terrorist and someone responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. soldiers amounts to a high crime.
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