The closing days of the campaign have seen more Republicans raise the specter of impeachment.
New revelations that the FBI has reopened the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server prompted Republicans to make noise about holding her accountable.
And one key senator says the GOP should be planning to make the move.
Currently, polls – both nationally and in key swing states – are showing movement toward Trump.
His odds of winning the election are increasing.
But should Hillary Clinton end up winning, many Republicans believe she will have done so under the cover of criminal behavior.
However, the Constitution provides a remedy for that.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin – who has surged in the polls and turned a doomed campaign into a dogfight – recently speculated the GOP could still impeach a possible President Hillary Clinton.
The Beloit Daily News reports:
“ U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Monday he believes Hillary Clinton’s actions with her private email server are impeachable offenses should she be elected president.
“She purposefully circumvented it (the law), this was willful concealment and destruction,” Johnson said during an interview at the Beloit Daily News.
Johnson cited 18 U.S. Code 793 (f) and 18 U.S. Code 2071, which have to do with the willful destruction or removal from proper custody of information relating to national defense. Johnson honed in on the latter of the two, which reads in part that anyone found to have concealed or removed records “shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States.”
“I’m not a lawyer, but this is clearly written,” Johnson said. “I would say yes, high crime or misdemeanor, I believe she is in violation of both laws.”
Other conservatives have made a similar point.
Talk show host Steve Deace has said the GOP could unite the #NeverTrump faction of the party with mainline Trump supporters if they pursue impeachment.
To hold on to their congressional majorities, Republicans should promise voters they’ll impeach Hillary by 2018.
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) October 18, 2016
And National Review’s Andrew McCarthy has previously written Republicans can impeach Clinton right now for her criminal mishandling of classified intelligence.
So, will other Republicans act?
Politico reports should Hillary win, GOP committee chairs are preparing investigations to begin on day one:
“Reports that FBI agents and Justice officials disagreed over how to carry out the Clinton email investigation and whether to greenlight a probe of the Clinton Foundation has Republicans chomping at the bit to get their own answers.
Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah is asking whether FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe — whose wife received almost a half-million dollars in campaign contributions from a group connected to Clinton confidant Terry McAuliffe — recused himself from the email investigation. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa wants to know whether Justice officials tied agents’ hands by limiting investigative techniques.
And the heads of the House Judiciary and Senate Homeland Security committees, as well as intelligence panels on both sides of the Capitol, are asking some of the same questions and seeking briefings from the Justice Department. Those briefings are unlikely to occur before the election.
“Regardless of who wins on Nov. 8, we must address the Obama administration’s overreach and Secretary Clinton’s State Department failures,” said Oversight Committee member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) in an emailed statement. “While the Benghazi Committee’s authorization concludes at year’s end, we need to continue investigating Secretary Clinton’s email scandal, and alleged impropriety between the State Department and Clinton Foundation.”
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