Now that the current impeachment fever has subsided – if only momentarily – it might be well to reflect on just a few of the impeachment-mongers’ tactics and mistakes; how they violated the Constitution, House of Representatives rules, and established law; and tried (with huge assists from their media allies) to both dupe the American public and disenfranchise us of our right to elect our own President. That’s a mouthful — but it only skims the surface.
Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution provides that “Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings.” And Article I, Section 2, Clause 5 provides that “The House of Representatives shall chuse (sic) their Speaker and other Officers, and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.” This authorization is to the House as a body, not to the Speaker or individual Members; and only after such a vote to accept a given bill of impeachment, House rules then require that the Speaker appoint a House Committee (usually the Judiciary Committee) to proceed with any investigation(s) and recommendation(s). In the current case, there was no House vote to accept a bill of impeachment — and, no, a Press conference is not an appropriate substitute for a House vote. Technically, then, the ensuing House actions, deliberations, hearings, recommendations, even the ultimate vote to accept the bill of impeachment, prepare Articles of Impeachment, and forward them to the Senate, had no legitimacy.