POLITICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “On Wednesday [10-11-17], the 264th day of Donald J. Trump’s presidency, a Democratic congressman from Texas walked onto the floor of the House and presented articles of impeachment against the commander in chief.
President Trump has not necessarily committed a crime, the congressman said, but he has ‘undermined’ the integrity of his office, ‘brought disrepute’ on the presidency, and ‘betrayed’ the trust of Americans.
Congress, firmly in Republican control, barely blinked an eye.
The dynamic is likely to become a lot more familiar on Capitol Hill as the Trump presidency and investigations into the president’s associates grind on. Driven by an angry and energized base and insulated by the surety that Republican leaders will block their efforts, liberal Democrats are turning to one of Congress’s most symbolically freighted cudgels — impeachment — to add urgency to their longstanding criticisms of a president they say is unfit for office…
The resolutions have no real chance of advancing in the House — a fact that has not been lost on Democrats. Impeachment resolutions are typically referred to the House Judiciary Committee, which serves as the first place for debate and investigation into whether the articles warrant a full hearing by the House. With the Republicans in firm control of the chamber — and the Judiciary Committee gavel — the chance that they receive any real hearing there is next to none.”
-Nicholas Fandos, “House Democrats Can’t Impeach Trump, but They’re Willing to Try,” The New York Times online, Oct. 12, 2017