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One Problem With Trump's Threat to Take It to SCOTUS

President tweets that he'd take any impeachment attempt to Supreme Court
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 24, 2019 11:30 AM CDT
One Problem With Trump's Threat to Take It to SCOTUS
In this April 21, 2019 photo, President Donald Trump gives a 'thumbs-up' as he walks across the tarmac during his arrival on Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – President Trump tweeted Wednesday he'll go directly to the Supreme Court "if the partisan Dems" ever try to impeach him. But Trump's strategy could run into a roadblock: the high court itself, which said in 1993 that the framers of the Constitution didn't intend for the courts to have the power to review impeachment proceedings. The Supreme Court ruled that impeachment and removal from office is Congress' duty alone, reports the AP. In his 1993 opinion, Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote that if the courts were allowed to review impeachments, it could plunge the country into "months, or perhaps years, of chaos." "I DID NOTHING WRONG," Trump tweeted Wednesday.

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He tweeted not only are there no "High Crimes and Misdemeanors," one of the bases for impeachment outlined in the Constitution, "there are no Crimes by me at all." He alleged Democrats are looking "to Congress as last hope!" because "We waited for Mueller and WON," referring to the Mueller report. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said this week in a statement that Mueller's report, even in redacted form, "outlines substantial evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction and other abuses." But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has urged divided Democrats to focus on fact-finding, rather than the prospect of any impeachment proceedings.

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