Thanks to the likes of wealthy political activist Tom Steyer and Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), there is momentum to impeach President Donald Trump. However, unless Special Counsel Robert Mueller presents mind-blowing evidence of treason, obstruction of justice and money laundering in the coming months, the thought of a Republican Congress removing Trump is unrealistic. These elected cowards are too scared of the backlash from Trump’s base and the conservative media to oust the titular head of their party.
However, the expectation is that Democrats will take back the House and possibly the Senate during the 2018 mid-term elections. To remove the illegitimate criminal squatting in the Oval Office you need a majority in the House and two-thirds of members in the Senate. That is a tough road to hoe.
Yet, Democrats can make Republicans’ lives miserable by finally holding the Trump administration accountable for an almost bottomless pit of scandals. I am throwing up in my mouth as I type this, but the next chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee needs to act like the last three committee chairs — Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). Right now, that job is slated to go to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).
You could write a book the length of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” going through all the scandals that have plagued the Trump administration. You already know many of the big ones, but let’s channel our inner WWRD (What Would Republicans Do) and focus on a consistent, constitution-violating problem that continues to inexplicably float below the radar. In addition, let’s craft a narrative that the Democrats – who seem to be missing the messaging discipline gene – can milk for all its worth.
The ongoing violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause is ripe for investigation and wall-to-wall media coverage. Just imagine if Hillary Clinton engaged in any of these questionable actions. The Trump family flagrantly violates Article I, Section 9, which reads, “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
They have engaged in pay-to-play corruption with foreign entities at every turn from the Trump International Hotel’s propensity to entertain and house foreign dignitaries and lobbyists to the trademarks granted Ivanka Trump by China on the day their President met with her father. On the other hand, when foreign governments don’t bend to the wishes of key Administration figures like Jared Kushner, who after his family real estate firm did not get money from Qatar, were on the wrong end of a blockade. Make this a central focus on the Democrat majorities investigations when the gavel gets handed over to them in January 2019, because the normalization of this type of behavior must be reversed.
J.H. Norton is a communications professional, life-long Democrat, and married father of two boys living in Washington, D.C.