The Democrat Party likes one of the arrows in its quiver. It likes to impeach Republican presidents, or, at the very least, to try.
Since World War II ended there have been there have been 7 Republican presidents. (In essence there were 6 since Gerald Ford, as Vice President, only served out the remainder of Richard Nixon’s term after Nixon resigned. Ford was never “elected” president.)
How many of these six Republican presidents have Democrats tried to impeach? Every one except Dwight David Eisenhower – and let’s face it, if Eisenhower hadn’t been the most lauded American hero of his era, they would have tried to impeach him, as well.
[Source: Impeachment investigations of United States federal officials, Wikipedia]
On May 9, 1972, Congressman William Fitts Ryan submitted a resolution to impeach President Nixon. The next day, John Conyers introduced a similar resolution and both were referred to the Judiciary Committee.
Personally, I think Nixon tried to cover up the Watergate burglary. However, it should be remembered that he won his reelection in a landslide, taking 60.7% of the popular vote and carrying 49 states. McGovern couldn’t even win his home state.
On March 6, 1987 Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez introduced articles of impeachment against President Reagan regarding the Iran Contra affair. Joint hearings of Congress dominated the summer of 1987. A special prosecutor was appointed.
George H. W. Bush
On January 16, 1991, Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez (he was a busy little Democrat) introduced articles of impeachment against President George H. W. Bush for starting the Gulf War. Seriously? The resolution was referred to the Judiciary Committee, where it died. Not to be deterred Gonzalez tried again in February 1992. He then referred both bills to the Subcommittee on Economic and Commercial. Again, both resolutions died. Importantly, in 1992, Democrats controlled the Senate (57 to 42) and the House (258 to 176) yet could not get an impeachment vote that only required a majority in the House. The Democrat Party is a VERY DIFFERENT ANIMAL today.
George W. Bush
Due to the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, President George W. Bush, as well as other officials in his administration, were targeted for impeachment by the Democrats. These efforts died during hearings in Committee. However, the Democrats tried their best.
Donald J. Trump
It only took a couple of weeks after President Trump’s inaugural before Democrats began beating the impeachment drum. On May 17, 2017, Representative Al Green called for impeachment of President Trump on the House floor. A few months subsequently (and less than a half-year into his presidency) Representative Green was joined by Representative Brad Sherman to introduce a resolution that contained an article of impeachment.
Shortly afterward, Representative Steve Cohen was joined by five other Democrats to introduce five articles of impeachment that included “obstruction of justice,” “violation of the foreign emoluments clause,” “violation of the domestic emoluments clause,” “undermining the independence of the federal judiciary,” and “undermining the freedom of the press.” (The press remains “free” and totally in the pocket of the Democrat Party.)
This attempt didn’t get very far. A very large majority tabled the resolution in Committee.
We now have multiple House committees promising “hearings on impeachment-related issues” and the first of several resolutions presenting articles of impeachment were introduced as soon as the 116th Congress was convened.
The Democrats were waiting for the Mueller report. When the Mueller report didn’t indict the President, it didn’t slow them down a wit. What people do not understand about the Mueller report is that it is ONLY THE PROSECUTION CASE. If the Democrats try to impeach THERE WILL BE A DEFENSE CASE. If the “prosecution” thought they could win a case for “obstruction of justice” they would have recommended an indictment. If they didn’t think they could win BEFORE THE DEFENSE CASE they certainly have no chance after the defense case. There is no defense lawyer at a Grand Jury hearing, which is why that information cannot be promulgated. If they try to impeach their witnesses will be cross-examined (witnesses like Michael Cohen, the inveterate liar) and defense witnesses and experts will be brought forward.
My friends, I would ask you to go back and reread the first two sentences of this post and see if I exaggerated.