Grounds for Impeachment

Lying is Not Grounds for Impeachment

The Constitution; Article II; Section 4: lists the grounds for Impeachment.  The grounds for impeachment are listed as follows:

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.

Lying is not listed as one of the grounds.  Think about it people, if lying were grounds for Impeachment, any and all of the elected officials to ever hold office in the White House could be impeached.  “How is my hair dear?”-fine.. IMPEACH HIM!

american-flag-gavel-scales-of-justice - CopyWhile President Trump can rightly be accused of attacking the Constitution, specifically the 1st Amendment, even that is not grounds for Impeachment.  Please notice the part where it says ‘ and Conviction of,’.  If convicted of Treason, Bribery, or other high crimes and/or Misdemeanors, ‘Conviction of’.  Technically speaking you could impeach a President if he plead guilty to a parking ticket (I.E. the misdemeanor section).

Until he is charged, tried, and convicted of a crime, he cannot be removed from office by impeachment.

One final note:  During Watergate the House Judiciary Committee recommended Articles of Impeachment to the full House of Representatives.  However, a very big however, Nixon resigned before they were voted on.  Nixon was NOT impeached, he resigned first.  And just for the record, the charge on the Articles of Impeachment was ‘Obstruction of Justice’.