Just one day after the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump on impeachment charges, Democrats and the media are already talking about a second impeachment.
House Democrats were already investigating Trump’s financial dealings, the Trump Organization, and his family before impeachment, and they are poised to pick back up right where they left off last fall.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is convinced that Trump is guilty of blackmail, money laundering and bribery in his business dealings, and has been trying to prove it for a long time now. Any new charges “would likely come from this probe,” sources told The Washington Times.
They could, but will they?
Fox News contributor Andrew Napolitano, who supported Trump’s impeachment, made it a point to say Thursday that there is no such thing as double jeopardy in impeachment. If Democrats wanted to, they could turn around and impeach him again tomorrow on the exact same charges.
Napolitano admitted that the “political fallout” would be “horrific” if Democrats chose to impeach Trump again, so it may be unlikely that they will do so.
“I cannot imagine that there is an appetite for this anywhere in the country,” he said.
If Democrats can get new testimony that shows evidence of wrongdoing by Trump, though, they may decide that it’s worth the risk to impeach Trump again and try to get him out of office either before or after the 2020 election.
Trump ready for more impeachment
Even while making celebratory remarks after his acquittal, Trump acknowledged that he may be targeted by another impeachment.
“So we will probably have to do it again because these people have gone stone-cold crazy, but I have beaten him all my life and I will beat him again if I have to,” Trump said, speaking of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY).
Trump defense team member Pam Bondi agreed, saying, “Of course, they’re going to try again.”
While there are no doubt some Democrats who wholeheartedly believe that Trump is corrupt, mostly they see his success and know that it exposes the flaws in their own platform. Worse, Trump is a major threat to the insulated political establishment in Washington. Expect them to do whatever it takes to protect themselves.
Fortunately for the American people, Trump may be the strongest force out there in politics right now. As his political enemies continue to firebomb him, they could very well end up wiping themselves out, leaving him the last one standing at the end of it all.