As I write this, a sharply divided House voted Thursday to approve a resolution setting “ground rules” for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, putting lawmakers on record over the contentious process while setting the stage for proceedings to move into the public eye after weeks of closed-door depositions. The measure passed largely along party lines, 232-196. Two Democrats defected on the vote. I still believe impeachment will fail and that all of this is a distraction and for show. Trump has done nothing to merit impeachment.
But as all of this political Kabuki Theater moves forward, CNN is still fantasizing over Nancy Pelosi becoming president. They seem to think there is a credible chance that both Trump and Pence can be impeached over the Ukraine nonsense. The fantasy outcome is contained in an opinion piece by Paul Callan, a contributor, and a CNN legal analyst. He even says it is just a dream but he’s still pushing this insanity. It will never, ever happen.
“He speculates Trump and Pence could possibly both be drawn into the Ukraine inquiry, leaving the way clear under constitutional law for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to ascend the White House steps as Commander-in-Chief. He writes:
“What might follow could be a double impeachment scenario that would make heads spin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi the president of the United States. After Pence, she’s next in the line of succession.
“He then immediately concedes this may be just a dream because if Trump and Pence were both implicated in the scandal and Pence’s resignation or removal from office occurred first, “Trump could nominate a new vice president under the 25th Amendment.”
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“This is not the first time left-wing commentators have sought to elevate Nancy Pelosi to the highest office in the land.
“Last month the Washington Post examined the same possible scenario in an opinion piece. It stated:
“What happens when a Democratic speaker of the House — second in line to the presidency, according to the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 — is suddenly thrust into the Oval Office, succeeding a Republican president and vice president who resign, embroiled in scandal?
“Such a scenario is attracting attention — #PresidentPelosi was trending on social media after last week’s announcement of an impeachment inquiry — even though it may seem far-fetched that President Trump and Vice President Pence would be forced from office over abuse of power related to the administration’s dealings with Ukraine or other misdeeds.
“The writers, Robert Atkins and Adam Frankel, noted it remains “far-fetched” that Trump and Pence could be forced from office over “abuse of power related to the administration’s dealings with Ukraine or other misdeeds” but they did not rule it out, as Breitbart News reported.
“The column writers compared Democrats’ current move to impeach the president to when former Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned amidst charges of tax evasion, which left the office of the vice president temporarily vacant in 1973. At that time, if President Richard Nixon were to have resigned or been impeached, House Speaker Carl Albert (D-OK) would have assumed the presidency.”
They contend that if Trump and Pence were both implicated in the scandal and Pence’s resignation or removal from office occurred first, Trump could nominate a new vice president under the 25th Amendment. The vice-presidential appointment, however, would have to be approved by a majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives to become effective. The Democratic majority in the House would never approve any vice-presidential choice from Trump. This is a moot argument however because Pence will not be impeached and the impeachment of Trump will fail as well.
Dream on Dems. These people are simply delusional and unhinged over Trump becoming president. Imagine what they will be like when he wins a second term. I can’t wait to find out… pass the popcorn.