Impeachment of President Trump is Unconstitutional, Political Theater

February 5, 2021
Washington, DC

Conservatives are emphatically opposed to the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump.

Such impeachment is absolutely unconstitutional. The Constitution’s impeachment clause is unambiguous and applies only to the President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States. Nowhere does the Constitution provide for impeachment of non-office holders, or former presidents. Additionally, the Constitution requires the Chief Justice to preside in presidential impeachments. Yet, the Chief Justice will not preside over this impeachment, making the proceedings constitutionally invalid for even an additional reason.

It is evident, however, that this effort is not about complying with the Constitution, but rather an effort to contort the process to meet a partisan political end: to bar Trump from ever seeking public office again, to de-legitimize the accomplishments of his presidency, and to publicly shame the 74 million Americans who voted for him.

While impeachment is a political process, it has throughout our history been used sparingly and soberly as a tool of last resort. Democrats, in utilizing the process not once, but twice – first, to chase later-debunked claims of election interference and now, to punish a non-office holder with baseless claims of incitement – have transformed the impeachment process from somber-minded deliberation into cheap political theater. Our politics will suffer because of it.

We urge Democrats to abandon this pointless impeachment process that will serve only to further their partisan goals, and to further divide an already deeply divided nation. And we ask every Republican senator to vote against conviction – not only because Trump’s actions fail to meet the constitutional standard of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” but to publicly stand against this overtly political stunt masquerading as a principled constitutional practice.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)
Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President, Republic Book Publishers
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)
Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President & CEO, Conservative Partnership Institute
The Honorable Matt Schlapp
American Conservative Union (ACU)
L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
Wesley Denton
Chief Operating Officer
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)
Rachel Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
The Leadership Institute
Penny Y. Nance
President & CEO
Concerned Women for America
Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
The Honorable Russ Vought
Office of Management and Budget (2020-2021)
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)
The Honorable Tony Perkins
Family Research Council
William L. Walton
Council for National Policy
The Honorable David McIntosh
Club for Growth
Scott T. Parkinson
VP for Government Affairs
Club for Growth
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
David N. Bossie
Citizens United
The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Managing Editor
The Honorable Scott Walker
Young America’s Foundation
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
American Values
Mike Davis
Founder and President
Article III Project (A3P)
The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan, 1985-1988)
Craig Shirley
Reagan Biographer
Presidential Historian
E.W. Jackson Sr.
Stand Foundation, Inc.
Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation
Karen England
Executive Director
Capitol Resource Institute
Seton Motley
Less Government
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
60 Plus Association
James L. Martin
60 Plus Association
Ron Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund
Charlie Gerow
Vice Chairman
American Conservative Union
Amapola Hansberger
Legal Immigrants for America
Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Richard D. Hayes
Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP
Jon Schweppe
Director of Policy and Government Affairs
American Principles Project
Terrence Scanlon
Chairman 1985-89
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Kielle C. Horton
The Lindsey Foundation
Terry Schilling
Executive Director
American Principles Project
Martha Boneta
Melissa Kaye Ortiz
Founder & Principal
Able Americans
Willes K Lee
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Rev. Frank Pavone
National Director
Priests for Life
Andresen Blom
Hawaiian Values
Benjamin R. Case
Nancy Schulze
Founder, President
RCW Speakers
Richard Norman
Founder and President
The Richard Norman Company
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Executive Producer
America Can We Talk?
Rob Chambers
Vice President
AFA Action
Gerard Kassar
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party
Penna Dexter
Point of View Radio
The Honorable Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
Kevin Freeman
NSIC Institute
Mathew Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel
Rebecca Hagelin
United in Purpose
Mike Hill
Former Member
Florida State House
Lee Beaman
Beaman Ventures
Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property
The Honorable Peter J. Thomas
The Conservative Caucus
Rob Gluskin
Managing Partner
Gluskin Investment Partners
Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness
Jason Jones
The Vulnerable People Project
Floyd Brown
Western Center for Journalism
Peggy Dau
Rick Scarborough
Recover America Now
Kay R. Daly
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Ralph A. Rebandt, II
Lead Pastor
Oakland Hills Community Church

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