How Donald Trump Could Be Impeached
Donald Trump's only just won the keys to the White House – fair and square, at that – but you wouldn't be alone in thinking about the ways to snatch them away from him.
There is one way... and it involves the most powerful political weapon the Senate has: impeachment.
It IS possible to remove a president from office with this. Although, it's a complex affair.
The boys up top would have to pull out the big guns to successfully throw out Trump, but it's realistic enough that it might happen.
So, how does it work?
Basically, it's a really, really formal political coup.
An impeached Trump would have to see votes cast against him by disgruntled members of the House of Representatives.
Treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors are all reasons to impeach a president, according to the US Constitution.
Bill Clinton had an affair with Monica Lewinsky, but that alone wasn't enough to get him impeached.
But he did lie under oath, so instead, he was impeached on two charges: perjury and obstruction of justice. (In the end, the impeachment was passed in the House and struck down in the Senate. It needed to pass in both.)
However, that's just the beginning. Once officials have found grounds for impeachment, the president will have to face a trial in the Senate.
Senates are the officials who convict. So, it IS possible to be impeached and brought in front of the Senate, but not be removed from office.
Has Donald Trump done anything worthy of impeachment?
One law professor is convinced there are already grounds for Trump to face impeachment.
In September, Christopher Lewis Peterson of the University of Utah published an essay outlining the reasons why this action should be brought against the new president.
Unlike his promised crimes yet to come, the illegal acts in Trump's high pressure wealth seminars have already occurred. Indeed, a federal judge appointed under Article III of the U.S. Constitution has already determined that Trump's alleged actions, if true, constitute fraud and racketeering.
Peterson claims these alleged actions could fall under "high crimes and misdemeanors."
But consider this: Republicans now hold the puppet strings for both the House of Representatives and the Senate. So, it would have to take something truly special for Trump's own to turn on him.