Wednesday, December 18, 2019
He could have been impeached anytime after January 24, 2017. Why? Because on that date he violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). See my essay here: https://individualsovereignty.blogspot.com/2017/07/trumps-violation-of-nepa-sepa-laws-rules.html
He did so by signing the authorization for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), without an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) being done on that project. It's a direct violation of the Law, a Law which has not been repealed. Trump thinks he can contravene a Law simply by issuing an Executive Order. Nope, not legally anyway.
Here's the kicker. The reason given for ignoring that Law was as follows. The Administration claimed that each section of the main pipeline was the equivalent of a spur line. Short spur lines are not required to have a separate EIS done. They branch off from the main pipeline for a short distance to some terminus or another. Any EIS on the main pipeline would encompass spur lines. It's sheer nonsense to claim that each section of the main line is the equivalent of a spur line, and thus the whole pipeline does not require an EIS. Such a concept is so ridiculous that it's absolutely hilarious.
That violation by Trump was at the very least a misdemeanor, and grounds for impeachment. On January 18, 2017, the Army Corps of Engineers (the Lead Agency on the project) filed a Notice of Intent to write an EIS for DAPL. After Trump took Office, the Corps of Engineers withdrew/cancelled that Notice. I'm sure that was at the behest of The Don.
That whole business was a minor misdeed by Trump compared to his violations of the Constitution; nevertheless, it's an impeachable offense. A President cannot essentially repeal a Law on his own...not legally.
In my view, The Democrats dropped the ball by not including all Trump's egregious violations in their Articles of Impeachment. Ralph Nader has the same view. According to him and a team of Constitutional scholars, there are at least a dozen misdeeds by Trump that constitute violations of his Office. At least, indeed.
Too bad the Repub Senators are too chicken to do what's best for our country in the upcoming Trial. Too bad, indeed. Here's the good news. As Al Green (a Rep. from Houston, & the 1st one in Congress to bring Impeachment of Trump to the floor of the House) pointed out, just because a President has been impeached once doesn't mean he/she can't be impeached again. Let's see what our Serial Liar-in-Chief is hiding in his tax returns.
Not only my opinion. Be Well