[Ed. – His criteria would apply equally to Hillary Clinton.]
Donald Trump has not even been elected, but one law professor is convinced there is already enough evidence to impeach him if he wins on November 8. University of Utah Law Professor Christopher Lewis Peterson penned a 23-page article analyzing why it would be proper for Congress to impeach Trump if he’s elected. He believes that Trump has engaged in fraud and racketeering which meets the standards under Article II of the United States Constitution which reserves impeachment for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
“Unlike his promised crimes yet to come, the illegal acts in Trump’s high pressure wealth seminars have already occurred. Indeed, a federal judge appointed under Article III of the U.S. Constitution has already determined that Trump’s alleged actions, if true, constitute fraud and racketeering,” Peterson wrote. While Peterson acknowledges there would be some legal hurdles, he contends that the Constitution does not prohibit Congress from impeaching a President for alleged acts that happened prior to taking office.
“Congress would be well within its legal rights under the Constitution to insist upon a President who is not a fraudster or a racketeer as defined in its own law,” Peterson wrote. [Emphasis added]