Conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote Thursday that President Trump is “the sort of person whom the Founding Fathers had in mind” when they added the impeachment clause.
“He is precisely the sort of person whom the Founding Fathers had in mind when they included the impeachment clause,” she writes.
Rubin writes that Trump’s comments about the press are a “direct repudiation of the First Amendment” and could be a basis for impeachment.
“That’s not merely outrageous and indefensible,” Rubin writes. “It is, I would argue, one of many instances in which Trump’s words reveal an inability to carry out his oath of office.”
The Hill added:
Rubin cites Bob Bauer, former White House counsel to President Obama, who argued that Alexander Hamilton’s definition of an “impeachable offense” is “one that inflicts ‘political’ injury on a society.”
“His self-interested ends justify the use of virtually any means—or at least any he could hope to get away with,” Bauer wrote about a leader’s demagogic conduct.
Rubin said that description “embodies Trump’s behavior,” while adding that the president is “morphing into an authoritarian” who believes he is above the law.