Because some people don’t seem to understand. The purpose of impeachment isn’t just to remove someone from power. It’s the hold those in power accountable.
I’m seeing so many people, even some left leaning ones, asking why and how Congress can impeach a president after they’ve already left office. That’s under the assumption that the sole purpose of impeachment is to remove someone from office when they’ve shown that they are not fit for it. It is also to hold leaders accountable. It’s to tell future generations that what someone did is unacceptable by the standards of the Constitution. Yes Donald Trump’s term has ended and he is now a private citizen. But the consequences of one’s actions do not end when a term does.
And for the record because I’ve also seen this point being thrown around: “well I guess now that means we can just go and impeach Barack Obama and Bill Clinton”. Yes, yes they can. There is precedent for impeaching a federally elected official after they’ve left office. Up until now it is only been Senators but it is still the same idea. By all means if you think there is something that a former president has done that deserves condemnation, if you have evidence that they violated their oath of office then yes impeach them. This isn’t a Pro or Anti-Trump issue. It’s a constitutional issue.
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