It's really time to stop talking about impeaching Trump

Jeff Neal

Impeach. Impeach. Impeach.

The word has been thrown around a lot lately -- and has picked up steam over the past 72 hours, since Robert Mueller, the special counsel who led an agonizingly-long investigation into Russian tampering with the 2016 presidential election, refused to clear President Donald Trump of any wrongdoing.

"If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so," Mueller declared.

Mueller's report said Russia interfered in the election in hopes of pushing Trump into the White House. But his findings stopped short of saying the efforts contributed to Trump's victory.

Collusion between the Russians and Trump?

We really don't know that it didn't happen -- but there certainly doesn't seem to be any evidence that it did, either.

And that's why talk of impeachment is not only premature, but unless some stunning new evidence suddenly appears, it's dead in the water. Or at least it should be.

The Democrats control the House. They likely have the votes to approve the articles of impeachment -- heck, at least one Republican has crossed over and is calling for impeachment.

But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- Trump's arch nemesis -- will not pull the trigger.

"Many constituents want to impeach the president," Pelosi acknowledged shortly after Mueller's remarks Wednesday. "But we want to do what is right and what gets results."

We have to remember that impeachment is not just a political procedure -- it's a legal one, as well. That's why talk of impeaching Bill Clinton two decades ago over a sexual dalliance was so utterly ridiculous.

The Constitution says the president "shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors."

As Mueller pointed out, indicting a president isn't an option.

" ... The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting President of wrongdoing." Without saying the word, Mueller was pointing to impeachment.

That makes Congress the judge and jury.

Well, they've all seen the Mueller Report.

Pelosi has said she wanted something "ironclad" before tinkering with the idea of impeachment.

If she had it, she would've used it. While there may be red flags and questions and doubts, there is nothing "ironclad" that would indicate Trump committed any crimes.

Naturally, most House Republicans are tired of the fray and are ready to move on.

"The Special Counsel presented an in-depth report spanning more than 400 pages detailing a two-year investigation that has cost tax payers $25 million, with the best investigators in the country," said Somerset's own U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers on Thursday. "The report is definitive and it is time for House Democrats to accept the fact that there was no collusion and move on. The American people deserve better."

The best way to remove a sitting president is to vote him out of office.

As distasteful as Trump can be, Democrats need to abandon thoughts of impeachment and turn their attention to sorting out their clown car of presidential candidates and settle on a leader that can challenge Trump next year.

Although Rogers' statement may be partisan in nature, he's not wrong about one thing: For the sake of all Americans, it's time to move on.

JEFF NEAL is the editor of the Commonwealth Journal. Reach him at jneal@somerset-kentucky.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jnealCJ.