The performance of the members of Congress who attempted to gain access to the closed congressional impeachment hearings bordered on mob rule. What were they thinking?
Those members of Congress have constitutional powers to be the legislators of the United States, the country’s highest lawmaking body.
Their performance was childish and an embarrassment to Congress and the country: it also spoke volumes on their ignorance of or indifference to constitutional law regarding impeachment. The primary reason that the special counsel’s report on Russian election interference did not indict the president based on the findings of the report was that ”the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to accuse a sitting President of a wrongdoing.”
The constitutional law on impeachment is clear and unambiguous, and while some may debate it, the law stands as written. Article II Section 4 states that actions where the president, vice president and all civil officers of the United States shall be removed from office or impeached for and conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.
Article I Section 2 states: “The House of Representatives shall chuse [sic) their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.”
Article I Section 3 states: “The Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments.” As such, the Constitution is the law of the land for crimes committed by the president rather than defer to existing civil or criminal United States law for such actions.
Without any further statements on the specific process; the sole power of impeachment granted to the House of Representatives and the sole power to try impeachment granted to the Senate and some additional wording on punishment limitations are the only constitutional guidelines on impeachment. As such, drawing up charges, depositions, admissibility of evidence, trial, etc., are all confined within the Congress, the nation’s highest lawmaking body, which precludes direct involvement with existing U.S. civil or criminal law. We elected those members of Congress and expect them to conduct themselves with civility and respect to their fellow members of Congress who are following the constitutional law on impeachment.