That stunning question has been making the rounds among a few political pundits within the media, and even among several leftist academics, the most notable from leftist Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman, one of the three professors pushing for impeachment during Adam Schiff’s “dog and pony” show on Capitol Hill.
Professor Feldman contends that although House Democrats passed two articles of Impeachment in a late-night session along partisan lines, the President has not yet been officially impeached, according to Feldman’s reading of the Constitution.
To give this absurdity by Professor Feldman a little more context, he’s the guy who ironically called for the impeachment of the President back in 2017, in an op-ed piece he penned for New York Review, then the esteemed professor was ready to impeach the President based on nothing more than rumor, allegations, and hearsay regarding “Russian collusion” between Trump and the Kremlin.
Then the “respected” professor said based on what was known at the time, “As more and more evidence of collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia has come to light, the analogy to Watergate has grown ever stronger,” Feldman wrote. “Whether or not it is ‘worse than Watergate,’ the Trump-Russia scandal differs from it in ways that bear directly on how impeachment might serve as a remedy today.”
Fast forward two years later, and the same scenario was played out when House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler tagged the anti-Trump professor as a witness regarding constitutional issues, which in actuality was once again based on conjecture, supposition, speculation, and presumption, compounded by a persistent bias against the President.
However, because of that persistent bias, Feldman’s claim may actually have some merit.
Consider this, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi along with Adam Schiff purposely “fast-tracked” the impeachment inquisition, claiming that civilization as we know it, was coming to an end, if we didn’t immediately impeach Trump, ignoring traditional protocol, circumventing due process, and any first-hand knowledge of wrongdoing in achieving their desired outcome, based solely on a political timeline. Only to have Pelosi announcing a day after the House impeached the President that she wouldn’t send the articles over to the Senate for trial until some deal was struck between the House and Senate.
Then on Thursday afternoon all that suddenly changed, as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced no additional votes would be taken until January 7th…January 7th?
That stunning announcement sent the Harvard Law Professor back to penning another op-ed article titled “Trump Isn’t Impeached Until the House Tells the Senate.”
In the article, he lays out his hypothesis stating, “The Constitution doesn’t say how fast the articles must go to the Senate. Some modest delay is not inconsistent with the Constitution, or how both chambers usually work.”
“But an indefinite delay would pose a serious problem. Impeachment, as contemplated by the Constitution, does not consist merely of the vote by the House, but of the process of sending the articles to the Senate for trial. Both parts are necessary to make an impeachment under the Constitution: The House must actually send the articles and send managers to the Senate to prosecute the impeachment. And the Senate must actually hold a trial.”
Feldman continues, “If the House does not communicate its impeachment to the Senate, it hasn’t actually impeached the President. If the articles are not transmitted, Trump could legitimately say that he wasn’t truly impeached at all. That’s because “impeachment” under the Constitution means the House sending its approved articles off to the Senate, with House managers standing up in the Senate and saying the President is impeached.”
Adding, “As for the headlines we saw after the House vote saying, “TRUMP IMPEACHED,” those are a media shorthand, not a technically correct legal statement. So far, the House has voted to impeach (future tense) Trump. He isn’t impeached (past tense) until the articles go to the Senate and the House members deliver the message.”
Regardless of whether the President has been impeached or will be impeached that question is a mount-point for Trump supports, especially those within the 29 swing-state districts that voted to impeach the President, the likelihood that those moderate Democrats won’t be reelected is almost assured…they had an opportunity to rise above petty politics and reestablish the principles set forth by or Founders, sadly they failed miserably.