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"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." -- US Constitution, Article II, Section 4

"Oh sure!  Crimes and impeachable offenses -- two different things!" -- Jerrold Nadler (D-New York) in an ABC News This Week segment

As a lawmaker, US Congressman Jerrold Nadler should know the law.  He's been a career member of the US House and has contributed to forming the federal laws of the land for a great many years.  Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution is crystal clear on this point.  No official of the US Executive Branch can legally be impeached and convicted unless the underlying Impeachment articles given to the US Senate are predicated on accused criminal activity.  There is, therefore, no such "different thing," and for Nadler to have made such a corrupt assertion, if acted upon, would render him in gross violation of his own oath of office, and therefore subject him to forced removal from the US House of Representatives.

Nadler's oath of office reads:

"I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.  So help me God."

Words have meaning, and when those words define the office and duties of an important public official, then the words are especially vital.  Every American is sworn to act in good faith to our laws, the supreme law of course being our Constitution.  But, officers in the US government are expected to adhere to the principles of the Constitution in strict allegiance.  Anything less than that, and said person has violated his oath of office and is no longer fit to serve.

Our Constitution is quite explicit in restricting impeachment merely for crimes, and no other reason is authorized.  The original writers of the Constitution even debated including what they described as "maladministration," which means actions that would be considered abusive of the office's powers, or actions that would have a negative effect on the nation.  But, the framers rejected this option.  So, we are left with criminal actions being the sole reason for impeaching a President.

As others have observed, Nadler insanely equated impeachment with a parliamentary action called a "no confidence vote."  In our Republican form of government, the President does not serve at the pleasure of the legislature, nor the judiciary.  The President serves as an equal branch of government to the judiciary and the legislature.  What Nadler alluded to in that interview is plain and simple an un-Constitutional intention, one that he is currently acting upon.

Every four years, the people have the right to decide the conduct of the President on grounds including other than criminal actions.  In the same way, sub-sections of the people get to decide who their elected Senators and Congressman are.  That is the remedy for any President, or other elected officials, who may have acted in ways deemed contrary to the good interests of the nation.  And judging by President Trump's popularity measures, roughly half the people think he's doing a fine job!  His reelection in 2020 will be the people determining the quality of his performance in office, a measure strictly barred from the legislature's perogatives.

What the leftists (like Nadler) are doing today, is demonstrating to the American people their ill will, and their willingness to violate our Constitution, in a headlong pursuit of personal power and wealth.  By itself, the conduct of these Democrats like Nadler prove their lack of moral foundation to serve in their offices.

-- Ken Stallings

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