“Treason, bribery, high crimes and misdemeanors” probably has a very broad meaning for the Speaker of the House. Technically the Democrats can impeach Trump regularly. Among other things, it’s a matter of the nation having the stomach to continue to do so. The Democrats have been trying to overturn the 2016 election since it happened. Impeachment can be used as just another tool to try to shut the President up.
Impeachment would clog the system
Which is another tool or tactic that can be used. Foul up the system so it can’t be used. It’s been done for years outside Washington DC.
Just passing a bill would become impossible. There would be too much anger on both sides, everything would be party line.
Impeachment as a weapon
And it’s one of several Pelosi could fire at Trump. The Speaker interviewed with Kara Swisher of the NY Times. Kara asked her, “What is your power to do this? I get the election, but you can get up more. You can speak out more. You can do more impeachments, things like that. Do you have enough power?”
Pelosi replied, “Well, we can impeach him any day of the week for anything he does.”
The Speaker also talked with George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.” “You want people to get out and vote. And even that’s no guarantee that the White House and Senate Republicans won’t try to push through a Supreme Court nomination in a lame duck session even if Joe Biden wins on November 3, even if Democrats win, pick up seats in the House, and maybe even in the Senate. So what can you do then? Some have mentioned the possibility if they try to push through a nominee in a lame duck session that you and the House can move to impeach President Trump or Attorney General Barr as a way of stalling and preventing the Senate from acting on this nomination.”
Pelosi replied, “Well, we have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now, but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country. This President has threatened to not even accept the results of this election with statements that he and his henchmen have made. So right now our main goal and I think Ruth Bader Ginsburg would want that to be to protect the integrity of the election, that we protect the American people from the coronavirus.”
Impeachment would undermine our world credibility
This will take us further down the route of war. In the eyes of other nations it would make it look like we don’t value democracy, discrediting us. That could take decades to recover from, if at all. It might even encourage less friendly nations to consider pot shots against us.
People would quit elected positions. Outright civil war might be declared, but the President is the Commander in Chief. He has the firepower to overrule. This is where believing in something bigger than yourself becomes useful.