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Old July 12, 2011, 09:27 PM   #602
jimpeel
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Originally Posted by csmsss View Post
Impeachment is NOT a criminal proceeding. It is only a means of booting people from elective or appointed office and carries no further sanction than that. Further, it requires not just an impeachment vote in the House but a vote to convict in a Senate controlled by the WH's own party. It's a nonstarter and won't dissuade this administration in the slightest. The fact remains that there is absolutely no prosecutorial impediment to the WH and DOJ doing exactly what they want to do, laws be damned. There is no credible penalty they need worry about - and they know it, and are operating under that implicit understanding.
But once they are thrown out of office they are no longer protected by their station under sovereign immunity statutes. They could then be arrested and tried for the offenses they have committed.
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