Presidential historian thinks impeachment will be season finale on President Trump
May 22, 2018
(NATIONAL) – Presidential historian Jon Meacham said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program Monday that he thinks impeachment will be the “season finale” to President Trump’s tenure as the nation’s leader.
CLICK TO ENLARGE: Presidential historian Jon Meacham on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program
Meacham said Trump, in asking the Justice Department to investigate whether the FBI spied on his campaign, is similar to former President Nixon’s behavior just ahead of firing special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox, and that Trump’s Presidency is likely to end the same way as Nixon’s.
Noting that the midterm elections present an opportunity for Democrats to impeach Trump Meacham said, “I would bet a good bit of money this is going to end up in the House with some kind of impeachment proceeding, and the makeup of that body and ultimately the reaction of the United States Senate, which is supposed to be the great deliberative check and the great final hammer on these things...I think … that’s going to be the season finale of this.”
A majority vote in the House of Representatives is necessary to impeach a president and such a vote would be far more likely if Democrats are able to retake the House majority in this fall's midterm elections.
In related news, former White House chief ethics counsel Richard Painter, who served in the George W. Bush administration from 2005 to 2007 says there is more evidence to charge President Trump with a crime than there ever was against former President Richard Nixon.
Painter was interviewed on CBS News Monday. He said there’s plenty of evidence of abuse of power and obstruction of justice against Trump. "We're well beyond that point and yet the House and the Senate won't do anything at all," Painter said.
Painter also claims there’s very strong evidence to suggest that Trump’s family business dealings have violated the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which bans presidents from accepting gifts or payments from foreign governments.