Editorial: Congress must update Electoral Count Act to prevent another coup attempt against the president
The House of Representatives took the most brazen step yet in attempting to overthrow the president of the United States. The impeachment articles against President Donald Trump describe the effort as an assault against “the rule of law.” But they do not say what the impeaching House was attempting to do, which is to remove Trump from office and remove him by any means necessary.
It’s now up to the Senate to decide whether there was any reason at all to remove someone from office.
The House’s action is a gross abuse of power that was not based on allegations that anyone has done anything wrong. Instead, it was the result of a deliberate and carefully calculated effort to weaken the very fabric of American democracy.
There are several questions that arise out of the impeachment crisis: Do you believe a president should stay in office when he is facing an impeachment effort? If so, how far should the impeachment process go? And are there other circumstances where it is okay for a president to leave office in the face of impeachment?
The answer to these and other questions is crucial to the well-being of the country. The Senate will be the ultimate arbiter in determining if impeachment was warranted, and it will do so by considering the constitutional issues involved.
The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump in an effort to remove him from office and to remove him by any means necessary. This means removing him from the presidency by a formal vote. If the Senate does the same, it will remove President Trump from office, but it will do so in a way that is designed to respect the law and the Constitution.
A president is the commander-in-chief of the military. As commander-in-chief, he is “the final arbiter on all issues concerning the conduct of all US armed forces, in all conflicts throughout the world.”
The Constitution makes clear that the president would be removed only “by the Senate.” The House of Representatives is forbidden to impeach him and would be forbidden from impeaching him if the Senate approved of the removal. A president who was removed by the House of Representatives would be in violation