President Donald Trump threatened to challenge his possible impeachment in the U.S. Supreme Court — and legal experts and other social media users wondered what the heck he was talking about.
Trump insisted special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence that he had committed “high crimes and misdemeanors,” and instead argued that his opponent Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee and “dirty cops” had committed crimes against him.
He then threatened to fight any impeachment proceedings in the Supreme Court, although it’s not clear where he found the legal justification for that.
The Mueller Report, despite being written by Angry Democrats and Trump Haters, and with unlimited money behind it ($35,000,000), didn’t lay a glove on me. I DID NOTHING WRONG. If the partisan Dems ever tried to Impeach, I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court. Not only……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 24, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
The president’s legal threat made no sense, and was further evidence of his corruption, according to scores of Twitter users.
(1) You’re lying again.
(2) It’s astounding how little understanding you have of the Constitution you’ve sworn to uphold. https://t.co/itnieVp2HEADVERTISEMENT
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) April 24, 2019
The Constitution: How Does It Work? https://t.co/LAWDeH2KbKADVERTISEMENT
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) April 24, 2019
Obstruction of Justice. Abuse of PowerADVERTISEMENT
— Devin Nunes’ cow (@DevinCow) April 24, 2019
“If the partisan Dems ever tried to Impeach, I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court” – so much wrong with this President & with the election of a man who is ignorant about the Constitution. So worrisome he believes the Court will save him, no matter what. https://t.co/OEGK2JCziMADVERTISEMENT
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) April 24, 2019
This glimpse into Trump’s brain proves he considers the Supreme Court in his back pocket the same way he thinks the Attorney General should be his personal fixer. https://t.co/WGRwih6JimADVERTISEMENT
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) April 24, 2019
Wait, wait — you think the Supreme Court is going to stop a Senate impeachment trial? Did you replace Rudy Giuliani with Louise Mensch? https://t.co/OqX7yOrFW5ADVERTISEMENT
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) April 24, 2019
The Chief Justice will preside over your Senate trial, but other than that, the Supreme Court has no power whatsoever to review or impede your impeachment and (hopefully) removal.ADVERTISEMENT
— Kenneth Heintz (@ktheintz) April 24, 2019
I feel like I shouldn’t have to tell the president this but, the US Supreme Court will not stop impeachment hearings. John Roberts will preside over the Senate trial but that’s it.ADVERTISEMENT
— Jason Provencher (@JPro428) April 24, 2019
“I will go to the Judicial Branch to stop the Legislative Branch from performing its Constitutional oversight over the Executive Branch”ADVERTISEMENT
— The Glare (@TheGlare_TM) April 24, 2019
It’s a little weird but not surprising that not a single reporter has ever asked trump to explain any part of the constitution https://t.co/UiKTbpvP2W
— Matt RATIO HOWARD SCHULTZ ON EVERY TWEET Negrin (@MattNegrin) April 24, 2019
The Mueller report paints a picture of Trump constantly told by aides, lawyers, and other officials that much of what he did was wrong.
As this tweet makes clear, he has learned nothing. https://t.co/X0CfQuLJ2k
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) April 24, 2019
Didn’t lay a glove on you?
You’re sweating like a Roy Moore at a middle-school gym class. https://t.co/haQS34Qwdc
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 24, 2019
1) Trump has offered no proof of crimes by people who investigated him; 2) Trump can ask all he wants, but the Supreme Court doesn’t hear challenges to impeachment, a political process; 3) “High crimes and misdemeanors” don’t have to be actual criminal offenses. pic.twitter.com/GkqcMRMao7
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 24, 2019
Trump acting like he can circumvent the constitutional impeachment process through the Supreme Court is ridiculous.
Also, the report was damning as hell. If any of his supporters would read it, they would see all of President Trump’s obstructive acts. https://t.co/bd3kESrda8
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) April 24, 2019