President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliana said that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion is “rigged.” President Trump has repeatedly called the investigation (now entering the second year) a “witch hunt” and that it is interfering with his administration’s work. The President has been extremely busy, particularly as he focuses on the North Korean meeting.
Giuliani appeared on CNN Sunday and fielded questions by Dana Bash who implied that the latest so-called “Spygate” scandal was a ruse by the administration to distract negative attention away from Trump and to deflate cries for impeachment. Giuliani said “Of course we have to do it to defend the president.
When Bash brought up former CIA director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James Clapper, both fierce critics of Trump, Giuliani said they’re “two clowns,” and that he had no regard for them. He added, “They’re not civil servants as far as I know.”
OUR FREE OPINION
Absent a miracle; President Trump is not going to be impeached. The applicable part of the Constitution provides:
Article 1, Section 2, Clause 5
The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.
Article 1, Section 3, Clauses 6 and 7
The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried the Chief Justice shall preside; And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two-thirds of the Members present.
Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgement, and Punishment, according to Law.
Article 2, Section 4
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.
Given the current political makeup of the United States Senate, it is inconceivable that enough votes could be garnered to support impeachment. The Republicans will undoubtedly vote against impeachment. Even if the Republicans lost some seats in upcoming elections, the President is not in danger of being impeached when a 2/3rd vote is required.