Yes, Impeachment After Leaving Office Is A Thing. Just Ask William Belknap | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC 1

Yes, Impeachment After Leaving Office Is A Thing. Just Ask William Belknap | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

 

Rachel Maddow tells the story of corrupt former War Secretary William Belknap, who tried to beat impeachment by resigning but his trial was held even though he was no longer in office. Belknap's case would be a precedent for the Senate trying Donald Trump a second time after his term is over. Aired on 01/14/2021.
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Yes, Impeachment After Leaving Office Is A Thing. Just Ask William Belknap | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

44 comments

  1. Even if it’s not a thing……we can have an exception for the greatest worst President in the History. Already impeached twice. Keep adding on the tab

    1. *Trump is truly the nations BIGGEST LOSER!*

      -he LOST the White House!
      -he LOST the Senate!
      -he’s LOST the House!
      -he’s LOST his social media platforms!
      -he’s LOST his lender (bank)
      -he’s LOST his PGA golfing event!
      -he LOST the Popular Vote – twice!
      -he has been IMPEACHED – twice!
      -and if he LOOSES his wealth, how much you want to bet he’ll LOOSE his wife?
      … and in the end, he LOOSES his own soul.

      What a horrible existance!

      What a LOSER!

      {now judged by his OWN words!}

  2. t’rump and his campaign have been banned from social media.
    Stripe is no longer processing donation payments.
    And those $750 billion in loans won’t pay themselves!
    No wonder t’rump is crying like a baby.

    1. He deserves it. Rachel did an awesome (now forgotten) piece, four years ago, comparing trump to Andrew Johnson. It’s worth looking up, now. Many of her predictions were vindicated, demonstrating what a great historian she is, but also what a perceptive eye she has for predicting the future. No wonder she struggles with depression. I bet the Ancient Greek prophetess, Casandra, did too . . . Always a pleasure, sir

    2. Coda: Anyone saying that punishing trump will only cause, “unnecessary division,” is making a terrorist THREAT! They’re going to riot again ANYWAY! The web is alive with their plans! We must show RESOLVE and take these Confederate Nazis DOWN!

    3. *Trump is truly the nations BIGGEST LOSER!*

      -he LOST the White House!
      -he LOST the Senate!
      -he’s LOST the House!
      -he’s LOST his social media platforms!
      -he’s LOST his lender (bank)
      -he’s LOST his PGA golfing event!
      -he LOST the Popular Vote – twice!
      -he has been IMPEACHED – twice!
      -and if he LOOSES his wealth, how much you want to bet he’ll LOOSE his wife?
      … and in the end, he LOOSES his own soul.

      What a horrible existance!

      What a LOSER!

      {now judged by his OWN words!}

    4. @Ash Roskell On a slightly less historical level, the movie “Idiocracy” also kinda of predicted all this too.
      Be safe, be well, friend!

    1. Look at the presidents afterwards. They had to clean up corruption from those times as well. This country wasn’t bitterly resentful as it is now

    2. Actually, the late 1800s was the most corrupt era of American government. The Trump administration’s ethical behavior relating to finances is mild compared to the Grant presidency. Other Presidents of the era were no better, thanks to the corrupt hiring policies formed by Andrew Jackson. Until the 1920s “favors” and “gifts” were common.

      Grant himself doesn’t seem to ever have committed untoward actions. The worst he ever did was give his brother a Cabinet position. But he was good natured and naive, so he was blind to his friends’ behavior. So his administration was sadly the most corrupt, with much of fault due to Grant’s personality as opposed to his character.

    3. Sad to say we have always had the nut cases. Remember the pre Civil War No Nothing third party. Anti immigrant read Irish and anti Catholic read loyal to the Pope and not America. Current nuts just variation on theme but now is the time to thump them good. They can think what they want but act and jail, lose of jobs and freedom. Sorry I have no sympathy for them or their leader. Why reach out to them have no intention of reaching back.

  3. McConnell has been taking Corporate bribes his entire tenure in office , as does the whole GOP party , get the money out of politics and prosecute all who take bribes !

    1. I absolutely agree! With one alteration, most members from both parties take massive corporate campaign contributions, and do the bidding of their corporate donors, at the expense of the average citizen. Legalized bribery! It is sad! We need people of character and conviction in government, we will never achieve this, if we do not take money out of politics!

    2. @Neil Rusling I agree. But I find it absurd that people think that all these politicians, on both sides are getting from this extremely wealthy corporations is campaign donations.

      You think these politicians do everything they do to win and stay in power just for campaign donations and a govt salary and the honor of serving!? Please.

      If they vote in favor of a corporation on a piece of legislation, all of these politicians get a lot of money, cash, private jet rides, entry for their children into ivy league colleges and many other free stuff.

      Even the money you know about is not all of the money they have. I have no doubt that every politician has an overseas bank account where they keep their real fortune and all of the money they get from those corporations.

      Campaign donations are just the beginning.

    3. Whatever propels people into public office, they often end up taking “gifts” from people who want their ear. This gives us the problem of considering the needs and ideas of people who cannot afford gifts. If you go into the halls of Congress you might see a line of people leaning against the wall outside an official’s office. These are place holders for corporate lobbyists.

    4. @Neil Rusling yea, most wonder how Biden been a career politician with several multi-million homes to.
      But the laptop exposed that.

  4. Sounds like what Pompeo has been doing, holding fancy dinner parties at the WH, getting very well nourished.

  5. Welp Donald, you can now honestly say that nobody knows more about impeachment than you do. Believe me folks, believe me =oP .

  6. Yep! That is the only logical conclusion. Just because you are out of office, you don’t get a free pass on any criminal activity done while in office. Good reporting!

  7. T**** should not only be preluded from holding Federal office… buy limited in the revenue stream used for financing Sedition (and lining his pockets)… let the Russians call in their markers.

  8. The only reason Republican Representative feel like they could make up whatever absurd reason or excuses they want is because they know their base would believe it. That should tell you how they truly feel about their base.

  9. ….and he`s the first sitting US President who was kicked out of office by over 80M voters
    …. and he is the first US President with negative job numbers
    ….and he is the first US President cought lying to the people over 100 times (was 35,000 times so far)

  10. That’s some interesting history, never heard of Belknap before. Good thing he and Trump didn’t exist in the same time period, wow.

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