EXCERPT:  Is Impeachment Political, Or Legal?

EXCERPT

Is Impeachment Political, Or Legal?

The House of Representatives doesn’t need to prove that a president committed a crime outlined in the federal code to pass articles of impeachment. They instead impeach based on whether the president committed “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors” as outlined in Article II, Section 4 of the US constitution.
…In all, former prosecutors told Insider, there are at least four areas where Trump could face legal jeopardy.

►Illegally soliciting campaign help from a foreign government
The most obvious way in which Trump could have violated the law is by soliciting material campaign aid from a foreign government, which expressly violates the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971.

►Bribery
The second area of potential legal liability for Trump relates to his request that Zelensky do him a “favor” right after mentioning how the US “does a lot for Ukraine,” and more importantly, after Zelensky raised the issue of US military aid right before Trump requested he investigate Biden.

►Misappropriation
Third, Cotter said, if Trump “in fact used government funds for his own gain, then there is a very strong argument that there is a theft of taxpayer money, or misappropriation, taking place.”

►Conspiracy
Last, if Giuliani, Barr, and other officials were involved in Trump’s efforts, as the complaint alleges, that would raise questions about a potential criminal conspiracy.

This was excerpted
from “4 Laws Trump May Have Broken” on www.businessinsider.com


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