Words by Kokayi Nosakhere
Thank you for choosing to remain civil as we choose to act like Americans through this process. This communication is presented to provide clarity. I find that details assist me in managing my emotions, to remain in the moment. I desire to act in my best interest and not from pre-programmed habit force. (That is quite a task.)
I choose, and I hope you also choose, to remain centered and grounded as we experience the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump.
I do not advocate violence towards anyone. Not even towards Nazis. On this blog, I have repeated those arguments many times. If you need to be reminded of them, please use the search engine.
Because there appears to be a lot of emotions flowing from both sides of the aisle, I think this is a good time to review WHAT we are “fighting” over when we are speaking about impeaching Donald J. Trump.
We are fighting over whether or not we believe the evidence presented during the public hearings.
The question before 320 million Americans is: Does the evidence meet the standard of a crime, or crimes. The specific crime being hyper-focused on is: bribery, or in legal language, quid pro quo; this for that, in translation from the Latin.
For the sake of clarity –
- IMPEACHMENT does not mean the President is guilty of anything. The public hearings – what we watched the last two weeks – is called an inquiry into the facts to determine if enough evidence exists to bring charging documents against the President of the United States (POTUS) and all parties involved in high crimes and misdemeanors.
- The outcome of an impeachment is an indictment, or impeachment papers. The House is saying, “We think a crime has been committed. Is there enough evidence to support the existence of a crime? Yes, we think there is enough evidence a crime exists.”
- The House, and only the 435 members of the House, will vote on the impeachment papers, or charging documents.
- When the charging documents are drawn up, there will be a reading of the charges and the specific evidence supporting each charge, or crime. Donald J. Trump, the Senate and every member of the House will know exactly what the “prosecution’s” case is. All of us will.
- It is expected that the impeachment papers will be voted upon along party lines. Meaning, it is 194 Republicans vs everyone else. The inquiry vote passed with 232 voting in favor. Speak Nancy Pelosi knows she has all the votes necessary to pass whatever impeachment document is drafted.
- Once voted upon, the impeachment papers will be taken up by the Senate. The Senate will conduct the trial. The trial will reach the determination if a crime exists or not. McConnell, who is the Senate Majority Leader, is working on what that process looks like right now. He is writing out how the trial against the President of the United States of America will play out. His guide is the Constitution of the United States of America. Remember, the Chief Justice of the United States is the Judge during this Senate trial. There is no appeal after this trial. Decisions are being made as to who are going to be the Prosecutor and the Defense Attorney – basically.
- McConnell is in a Senate with 45 Democrats. The number needed to find the President guilty of the charges brought before him is 67. Sixty-seven Senators must vote in the affirmative that they believe the evidence the POTUS is guilty of any of the crimes he is charged with.
During the Senate Trial the ENTIRE STORY is going to be: What in THE heaven is the defense going to put up?
And, yes, it is possible both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be charged.