Wednesday, August 24, 2016

If Hillary Is Corrupt, Congress Should Impeach Her (Not Criminal Prosecution) by ANDREW C. MCCARTHY August 23, 2016


If Hillary Is Corrupt, Congress Should Impeach Her  by ANDREW C. MCCARTHY August 23, 2016 12:20 PM @ANDREWCMCCARTHY 

The Framers [of the Constitution] gave Congress a tool to police corrupt executive-branch officials — Congress should use it. For our recent "Tricky Hillary" issue (National Review, Aug. 1, 2016, on NR Digital), I wrote a feature arguing that Mrs. Clinton should be impeached.

...The remedy provided by the Framers to deal with corrupt executive-branch officials (including former officials who might seek to wield power again) is impeachment, not criminal prosecution. That is because, for the well-being of the nation, the critical thing is that power be stripped from those who abuse it, to prevent them from doing further damage. Whether, beyond that, they are prosecuted for any criminal offenses arising out of the wrongdoing is beside the point.
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 ....Madison et al. gave Congress its own powers to check rogue executive conduct — and for them, no such conduct would have been more egregious than misleading the People's representatives. The Framers would have thought laughable the suggestion that corrupt members of the president's cabinet — officials who had taken their corrupt actions with the president's knowledge and support — would be prosecuted by the president's own law-enforcement agents. Indeed, at the time the Constitution was adopted, there were no such agents. Law-enforcement was handled by the states, and the attorney general was basically the president's lawyer. There was no Department of Justice until 1870, nor anything like the FBI until 1908. That did not stop the Framers from including impeachment in the Constitution, nor cause Madison any hesitation in regarding impeachment as Congress's "indispensable" tool.


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