By Dan Perkins:
I have listened to as much as I can take of the Democratic attempt to remove the duly elected President of the United States during the hearings over the last two weeks. From them, I think the Republicans missed a huge point. This is that the Democrats, along with representatives of the former Obama Administration, have violated their oath of office.
The President takes this oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Other elected or Appointed officials are governed a different oath under 5b U.S. Code subsection 3331 which states, “I 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.”
If the President has evidence that either a foreign power tried to influence the outcome of an election, or if members of our own government’s bureaucracy tried to influence the result of an election, then the President has the responsibility under his oath to protect the country by trying to find the people, inside our government or outside of it, who are responsible for attacking our republic.
The Democrats, along with representatives of the former Obama Administration, have violated their oath of office in this way, based on the U.S. code: this states in “ section 1823 of this title; who knowingly neglects or fails to make or cause to be made, full, true, and correct entries in such accounts, records, memoranda, notification, or other materials; who knowingly removes any such documentary evidence out of the jurisdiction of the United States; who knowingly mutilates, alters, or by any other means falsifies any such documentary evidence; or who knowingly refuses to submit any such documentary evidence to the Secretary for inspection and copying shall be guilty of an offense against the United States, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not more than $5,000, or imprisoned for not more than three years, or both.”
If elected officials take an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and if then President Trump has been led to believe that people in the Ukrainian government and citizens of Ukraine plotted against his election, it is his responsibility to find out the truth and bring it to the American people. Thus far the American people have been misled in thinking that all of these issues are about Donald Trump. The reality, which is not being said, is that the illegal activities were conducted by representatives of the Obama administration, along with members of the government bureaucracy.
If the President was aware of the illegal activities and had in his possession evidence of the corruption and didn’t do anything about it, then he would be in violation of his oath to protect the Constitution and could be impeached.
Perkins Twist, the President says he wants an impeachment trial because of the biased House hearings and the lack of due process. The polling data shows that recently more Americans have moved against an impeachment vote. Some time ago, I wrote a commentary titled: “Democrats, stop digging.” I warned them that if they find themselves in a hole, the best thing to do was to stop the digging. The deeper the hole, the more difficult to get out.
The American people do not like what has happened in the House hearings, and because the Democrats thought they could persuade America to favor impeachment, they now have to decide which direction will be the least damaging to the Democratic Party. First, go ahead and try and pass a bill of impeachment. The longer it takes, the more likely they are trying to buy time to convince other Democrats to vote for impeachment. The Democrats have enough votes to pass the bill, though if a trial takes place in the Senate, they go down in flames.
If I were a Democratic leader, I might suggest postponing the vote until after the conventions, perhaps even after the election based on the idea, let the American people decide. That sounds on the surface to be fair, but the reality is if the Democrats win the Presidency, there is no need for the trial as Trump will be gone. On the other hand, should Trump win and the control of the House passes to the Republicans, then the Democrats pass the bill of impeachment in the lame-duck session and President Trump starts his second term under impeachment. Don’t you just love this stuff?