The political cartoon in the Nov. 5 News-Post shows a list of the “Official Rules/Democrat U.S. House of Representatives/Impeachment Inquiry” printed on House of Representatives stationery. The cartoon has two “Rules”: 1) We Win; 2) Trump Loses. The message is that the Democrats’ impeachment process is arbitrary and completely partisan.
This is about as disingenuous a cartoon as I have seen in that space. Shame on your editor for thinking it worth printing. Impeachment is a serious business. The actions of the president that are being investigated are serious, and should be regarded as such by Americans of all political persuasions.
The Constitution itself sets no specifics of process for such an inquiry. Nevertheless, the process used by the House of Representatives in the closed-door hearings provided equal time for Republican members during questioning. The rules going forward are, by design, essentially the same as those used during the Nixon and Clinton impeachments, and for the latter, were vetted by a Republican House majority. Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, which would report out articles of impeachment, points out that the process now being used in the House of Representatives gives “rights for the majority and for the President equal to those provided during the Nixon and Clinton inquiries.” In other words, it is both fair and impartial.
I think the “rules” for impeachment of a president as envisioned by our founders, and practiced by (now) four different Houses of Representatives, should simply read:
(1) The Constitution wins; (2) The facts win; (3) The American People win.
Jan Samet O’Leary