Trump Benefits From Dems Stalling On Impeachment, Harvard Law Professor Says
Harvard law professor and American legal scholar Laurence Tribe had some choice words for Democrats on Wednesday, telling them to essentially make a decision already when it comes to the question of impeaching President Donald Trump.
Tribe’s views on impeachment are that it’s necessary to carry out, even if it’s ultimately unsuccessful. Sure, there are worries “that impeachment accomplishes nothing concrete,” he wrote in a recent op-ed earlier this month for the Washington Post, but it’s also “misguided” to “think of the House of Representatives as akin to a prosecutor or grand jury.”
“By resolving now to pursue such a path, always keeping open the possibility that its inquiry would unexpectedly lead to the president’s exoneration, the House would be doing the right thing as a constitutional matter. It would be acting consistent with its overriding obligation to establish that no president is above the law, all the while keeping an eye on the balance of political considerations without setting the dangerous precedent that there are no limits to what a corrupt president can get away with as long as he has a compliant Senate to back him.”
Tribe gave another warning to Democrats on Wednesday: that their slow approach to even deciding if Trump is impeachable or not is only helping him politically.
“Dems are foolishly giving Trump the best of both worlds: He gets the BENEFITS of blaming Dems for THINKING & TALKING about impeachment — but avoids the BURDENS of a full-blown IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY that would get the full truth out and expose his crimes for all to see,” Tribe wrote in a tweet.
Dems are foolishly giving Trump the best of both worlds: He gets the BENEFITS of blaming Dems for THINKING & TALKING about impeachment — but avoids the BURDENS of a full-blown IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY that would get the full truth out and expose his crimes for all to see.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) June 12, 2019
Democratic leaders have been slow to decide whether they want to pursue impeachment inquiries within the House of Representatives. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has led the push for restraint among her caucus, although she also said that impeachment is “not off the table” as well, per reporting from CNN.