Four days after the release of Attorney General William Barr’s redacted version of the Mueller report President Donald Trump is both claiming it exonerates him while attacking Mueller’s team and the report.
And now he’s gaslighting Americans about the meaning of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” and what acts rise to the level of impeachable offenses.
Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment. There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can’t impeach. It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President! Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2019
Trump is wrong on all counts. Notice, also, he’s neglected to include treason and bribery.
Article Two of the United States Constitution clearly states:
“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
The Constitution does not define bribery, or “high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
And the Mueller report in no way exonerated him, certainly not from obstruction – as much as he claims it did.
Meanwhile, if Democrats committed crimes, why is the Dept. of Justice not investigating and prosecuting those “crimes”?
On social media, Trump’s tweet garnered a good deal of mockery – and attempts to educate the President on impeachment:
sounds like you're trying to convince yourself here
tick tock sweetheartADVERTISEMENT
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) April 22, 2019
— GirlSparky 🌵👩🔧👷🏼♀️ (@girlsparky_) April 22, 2019
That’s not how any of this works, dotard. Nice try though.
— (((John M. Becker))) (@freedom2marry) April 22, 2019
From Article 1 of impeachment of Clinton: "William Jefferson Clinton has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the Presidency, has betrayed his trust as President and has acted in a manner subversive of the rule of law and justice" Trump has done Worse!
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) April 22, 2019
1) "High crimes and misdemeanors" does not mean you have to break the law.
2) Even if it did, Trump is currently an unindicted co-conspirator in felony crimes stemming from Mueller's investigation that federal prosecutors say his personal lawyer committed at his direction https://t.co/kTkMUSGBYL
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) April 22, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
Actually I would refer you to Volume 2, page 154 of report -it's clear Mueller found you committed witness intimidation and obstruction of justice in your public attacks on Michael Cohen and his father in law which Mueller noted were intended "discourage" Cohen from cooperating: pic.twitter.com/Us1rt1kg10
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) April 22, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
The *only* reason Trump wasn’t charged is b/c he’s in office.🙄https://t.co/j8Tkdnav2r
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) April 22, 2019
this is just embarrassing https://t.co/QHZ643b3cw
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) April 22, 2019
Regardless of whether Trump committed the crime of obstruction, “high crimes” do not have to be actual criminal offenses. It’s not true that “you can’t” impeach without criminal offenses. pic.twitter.com/RMvsKUA92p
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 22, 2019
Fun fact: "High crimes and misdemeanors" isn't defined in the Constitution – something Trump would know if he didn't struggle with reading. Congress could impeach Donald Trump for jaywalking https://t.co/cF47ajWPhL
— Deep State Wisco 🏴☠️ (@Wisco) April 22, 2019
When the president has to deny impeachment charges, he's losing. https://t.co/NWrfXlx8Cz
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) April 22, 2019