The Libertarian Party View on Trump Impeachment

By Daniel Nardini

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - CommentaryThere are many people in the Republican Party who say that the whole impeachment process in the U.S. House of Representatives is the result of “those damn Democrats who have been trying to get U.S. President Donald Trump for years.” Well, in the viewpoint of the leadership of the Libertarian Party USA, the third largest party after the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, this is not the case. The leadership in the Libertarian Party simply looked at the evidence, heard the testimonies from career diplomats, and came to the same conclusion that President Trumps’s behavior matched the U.S. Constitution’s definition of high crimes and misdemeanors. In the view of the Libertarian Party, Trump had violated the Constitution and the only logical next move is impeachment and removal. For the Libertarian Party, it does not matter whether the President is a Democrat or Republican—impeachment is the only justifiable process for committing treason, high crimes and misdemeanors.

For the Libertarian Party, party loyalty is irrelevant. The Libertarian Party is not part of Team Blue (Democrats) or Team Red (Republicans). The Libertarian Party simply wants both the President and the U.S. Congress to abide by the U.S. Constitution they are sworn to uphold. In their view Trump has not done so, and even if the Libertarian Party does not agree with the Democrats, it is very clear what the evidence has shown. It is not a leap of faith to see that President Trump used his office not for the benefit of the American people, but to benefit himself. He coerced a foreign head of state to try and find damaging information on a Democratic presidential candidate or his son in order to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election. This is the the relevant point. This definitely meets the definition of what the framers of the U.S. Constitution had in mind when they defined what high crimes and misdemeanors are. Of course, it looks pretty certain that the Republican Party majority U.S. Senate will not convict Trump and the whole process will be ended. But even to third party, neutral observers, U.S. President Trump is guilty, and for such behavior in the view of the Libertarian Party the only penalty available is impeachment and removal from office.

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