A Brief But Powerful Argument For Impeachment

This is from the Twitter account of the historian and journalist Yoni Applebaum:

I want to share one strongly argued case for impeachment, from a leading constitutional scholar, that I stumbled across the other day.

“[The president’s] defenders describe the unthinkable disaster of impeachment. But it should not be unthinkable. The framers of the Constitution did not see impeachment as a doomsday scenario; they thought it necessary to remove bad men from the offices they were subverting.”

“The president’s defenders, experts at changing the subject, prefer to debate whether [he] committed a felony …. [but] ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ are not limited to actions that are crimes under federal law.”

“It becomes clear that the White House has never before been occupied by such a reckless and narcissistic adventurer. Sociopath is not too strong a word.”

“We are regularly lectured about a constitutional crisis if the House goes forward with hearings and ultimately votes a bill of impeachment for trial in the Senate. Consider the alternative. Perhaps American presidents, by and large, have not been a distinguished lot…”

“….But if we ratify [his] behavior in office, we may expect not just lack lack of distinction in the future but aggressively dishonest, even criminal, conduct. The real calamity will not be that we removed a president from office but that we did not.”

The fire-breathing radical in question? Former U.S. Solicitor General and Supreme Court nominee [and extremely right-wing Republican] Robert Bork, in a glowing review of [neo-fascist] Ann Coulter’s “High Crimes and Misdemeanors,” published in The Wall Street Journal in 1998.

Unquote.

Bork died in 2012, so nobody can ask him if his views on impeachment have “evolved”.