Let me Splain
By ice rivers
Many people are confused about Trump’s impeachment. How can he be both impeached and acquitted?
Impeachment is a political form of indictment. In the legal meaning of indictment, when a person is indicted (usually by a grand jury that has found convincing evidence of wrong-doing) they are formally accused and must face a trial. The legally indicted can plead guilty or not-guilty. A plea of guilty eliminates the need for a jury trial. A not guilty pleas continues the process that will lead to a trial.
When a person is impeached (the political form of indictment) this means that according to the House of Representatives enough evidence exists of nefarious activity that a trial is needed in order to separate the impeached from the office that he/she holds.
Even if the accused is acquitted and retains office that does not remove the fact that the accused was impeached in the first place. Thus Trump, for example has been impeached twice. He has been acquitted twice but acquittal does not change the fact of impeachment.
According to Constitutional scholars, a sitting president can be impeached but not indicted. Before a president can be indicted he must be impeached and dismissed from office. If the order were different, a president could be indicted and found guilty followed by an impeachment trial followed by an acquittal which would lead to the preposterous situation of the most powerful person on earth running the executive office from a jail cell, under the serendipitous supervision perhaps of guard Frank Bzvllakofikiz and his GED degree (not that there’s anything wrong with a GED, Frank as a matter of fact, God bless ya for the two months you spent in night school in preparation for the test etc although it might have been easier not to punch out the principal in the first place.)
This is why Mueller in his vainglorious investigation came to the conclusion that the president wasn’t innocent of the various charges against him only because it was impossible to determine legal guilt without an indictment.
He passed the action on to Congress where the action belonged because only Congress can impeach which is the only poltical path toward legal action against the executive.
So the House eventually took stepped up to its responsibility following a sub rosa attempt by Rudy Giuliani to take over the State Dept in order to hamstring Joe Biden as a potential candidate against Trump in the 2020 election.
The House, controlled by Dems, impeached.
The Senate, controlled by Repos, acquitted.
Donald Trump was and always will be impeached.
Donald Trump served out his term of office without having to surrender his power.
A few days before leaving on his own power, Trump encouraged criminal energy amongst a crowd that he had attracted. Segments of the crowd transformed into a raging, criminal mob of gigantic proportions and created an insurrection that threatened the very lives of the duly elected Senators gathered to formalize the election of Joe Biden as the next president.
Biden was inaugurated as President.
Trump left office.
Even though he was no longer in office, he was impeached for the second time.
Once again acquitted.
He didn’t have to leave an office that he no longer had in the first place.
He can still run for president again if he isn’t legally indicted and found guilty by a jury of his peers rather than innocent by a jury of his pals.
Yesterday, New York State seized millions of pages of the tax records that Trump has been hiding for years.