Is incompetence an impeachable offense?

It appears from the first three hours of House impeachment hearings that President Donald Trump incompetently handled his  foreign policy with Ukraine.

The two witnesses–Ambassador William Taylor, the United States’ top diplomat in Ukraine, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, the State Department’s top career official focused on Ukraine–detailed how Trump’s approach to Ukraine was amateurish and at war with itself.

Ukraine had to be puzzled by two-pronged messages–one from the “regular” state department channels and the “irregular” one headed by Rudy Giuliani. The president can send messages however he wants, and in this case it was a huge mistake.

Bottom line: It screwed Ukraine, which is standing by the United States and  trying hard to withstand the Russia invasion of Ukraine.

But, as counter-productive, boneheaded and clumsy as what Trump did, was it the sort of “high crimes and misdemeanors” that is impeachable. Or is it a policy disagreement, albeit a very serious one.

One also can wonder from the testimony whether Trump understands what qui pro quo means?Another thought: House impeachment committee chairman Adam Schiff said he does not (present tension) know the identity of the whistleblower. Really? Really?

 

 

 

Filed under: Donald Trump

Tags: impeachment

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  • This has been said many times before, but it can never be repeated enough: Schiff for Brains - and his party - are not attempting to remove President Trump from office because of "high crimes and misdemeanors" but because they still can't accept the fact that Hillary Clinton lost.

  • When Nixon was threatened with impeachment the country paid rapt attention. When Clinton was impeached the country focused on the hearing and the situation. With the now second series of impeachment hearings for Trump, the only ones who are paying attention are the rabid partisans who have been ginning up for Trump's removal from office since he was elected.

    The Democrats have no viable presidential candidate so this is all they've got.

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    I agree with Richard Davis.. this impeachment farce has nothing to do with high crimes & misdemeanors by TRUMP....it IS all about Democrats' inability or unwillingness to accept their loss to TRUMP in 2016. And Schiffty & company are willing to piss away Millions of dollars to hold these hearings just to make TRUMP look bad ..They are pathetic & they are the ones who are guilty of high crimes & misdemeanors & gross incompetence !!

  • The best definition of impeachable offenses was given by Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 65

    "The subjects of its jurisdiction are those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust. They are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated political, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself."

  • Trump's committee to re-elect the president is called the DNC. :)

  • If incompetence isn't an impeachable offense.

    The current administration is the most incompetent in this and the last century. Criminally incompetent.

    Worse, the intentions of this administration revolve entirely around the personal needs of Donald J. Trump. He is venal, vengeful and completely under the direction of Vladimir Putin.

    And that is an impeachable offense.

  • Hanlon's Razor: never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity....

    Interestingly enough, that was Blago's defense.

  • The Founding Fathers put impeachment in the Constitution specifically to deal with what Trump did vis a vis Ukraine. He solicited a foreign country's aid to subvert our democracy.

    But Trump's aiding and abetting of Russia is a subversion of our democracy to the ultimate degree. Treason. And incontrovertibly what Madison, Hamilton, et. al. thought the most existential threat to our system of government.

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