Presidential Impeachment/Removal Plans, 11/16 to the Present

There have been 19 Plans to abuse various processes, laws and theories, all put forward and promoted by members of the Democratic Party/”resistance”/mainstream news media alliance since President Trump’s election in November of 2016. This page has been added to the references on the Ethics Alarms home page for easy reference, and also because I view this conduct by that group to be the most irresponsible, undemocratic and dangerous attack on our national values and institutions at least since the 19th century.

The  desired effect of this barrage, apart from serving the goal of removing an elected President without the bother (and risk) of an election,  has been to make it impossible for the President to govern, and to destroy his support among the public. So far, neither of these goals have been achieved

When Plan S, which late novelist Robert Ludlum might have called “The Ukrainian Perversion” if it had been one of his novels, fails like the rest, or if President Trump is re-elected, the list will keep growing. As scholar Victor Hanson Davis has pointed out, the sheer number of these successive plans belies the claim that this is not an ongoing attempt at a soft coup.

The real theory in play is that Donald Trump daring to be President is itself impeachable conduct.

The List:

Plan A: Reverse the election by hijacking the Electoral College.

Theory: The elected President is unfit for office and the Founders would have hated him.

Plan B: Preemptive impeachment.

Theory: The elected President had already committed impeachable crimes before he even ran for office, and also while he was running for office.

Plan C : The Emoluments Clause.

Theory: An obscure constitutional provision that had never been used, never been understood to apply to businesses owned by the Chief Executive, and which should have been raised, if at all, during the campaign, now disqualified Trump from the Presidency.

Plan D: “Collusion with Russia”

Theory: The Trump campaign, with his knowledge, had a deal with Russia to sabotage Hillary Clinton in exchange for policy rewards after Trump’s election.

Plan E : ”Trump is mentally ill so this should trigger the 25th Amendment.”

Theory: The old Soviet theory that anyone who disagrees with the authority, in this case, progressives, must be crazy.

Plan F: The Maxine Waters Plan, which  is to just impeach the President because Democrats want to, because they can.

Theory: “Orange Man Bad!”

Plan G : “The President obstructed justice by firing incompetent subordinates, and that’s impeachable.”

Theory: An intentionally distorted version of “obstruction of justice.”

Plan H: “Tweeting stupid stuff is impeachable.”

Theory: “Orange Man Bad!”

Plan I:  “Let’s relentlessly harass him and insult him and obstruct his efforts to do his job so he snaps and does something really impeachable.”

Theory: Self-explanatory.

Plan J : Force Trump’s resignation based on alleged sexual misconduct that predated his candidacy.

Theory: Orange Man Bad!”

Plan K: Election law violations in pay-offs to old sex-partners.

Theory: A creative and unprecedented interpretation of election laws,

Plan L: The perjury trap: get Trump to testify under oath, then prove something he said was a lie.

Theory: It worked with Clinton!

Plan M: Guilt by association. Prove close associates or family members violated laws.

Theory: Orange Man Bad!”.

Plan N: Claim that Trump’s comments at his press conference with Putin were “treasonous.”

Theory: Presidents can be impeached for what they say in a diplomatic context.

Plan O: The Mueller Report proves the Trump is unfit for office even if it did not conclude that he committed any impeachable offenses.

Theory: Orange Man Bad!”

Plan P:  “We have to impeach him because he’s daring us to and if we don’t, we let him win!”

Theory: Orange Man is SO bad, that any reason to impeach him is good enough.

Plan Q: Impeach Trump to justify getting his taxes, and then use the presumed evidence in his taxes to impeach him.

Theory: Salem, Massachusetts Bay colony, 17th Century.

Plan R: Rep. Adam Schiff announced on July 24 that President Trump should be impeached because he is “disloyal” to the country.

Theory: “Orange Man Bad, and we’re getting desperate!”

Plan S: Trump should be impeached because his call to Ukrainian President Zelensky was really an effort to shake down the Ukraine and force it to “find dirt” on Joe Biden, thus “interfering” in the 2020 election even though Biden hasn’t been nominated (and won’t be), even though a President has every justification to seek evidence of a prior administration’s wrongdoing in foreign relations, and even though there isn’t a whiff of a threat of quid pro quo in the only transcript of the call, and though such implied Presidential pressure for favors large and trivial are standard practice.

Theory: What other Presidents have done for over two-hundred years are impeachable when Trump uses his power similarly.