If Caesar’s wife ought to be above suspicion, so should our President.
The idea that impeachment is like an ordinary trial is wrong. Impeachment is governed by a few clauses of The Constitution and rules adopted by House and Senate. In brief, the House votes to bring charges, the case is presented to the Senate, the Senate votes on removal.
To my knowledge, these are false:
- There are limited, specific grounds for impeachment.
- The President must be read his Miranda rights.
- The President has a right to a speedy trial.
- The President has a right to representation by counsel.
- There is a right to an impartial jury.
- There is a right to confront witnesses.
- Minority members of Congress have right outside the rules to intervene in the process in House and Senate.
- There is a penalty on conviction other than removal from office.
I have heard the claim that the President has a right to a “fair trial.” I know of no basis for this claim.
I have heard the claim that the President can’t be impeached for “abuse of power;” this and any similar claim is false.
I have heard the claim that if President Trump is removed, any future President can be removed on frivolous charges. The premise, that charges against Trump are frivolous, is false.