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Impeachment proceedings in America

I have no idea how the impeachment proceedings in the USA are going to turn out.  It is fascinating however watching them from the perspective of a lawyer where you watch one side make great points and the other side, who don’t have much to say, will pretend that those points were not made.

The media cover this by using a good legal adage which I thought is relevant considering that I am in law.  The lawyers say that if the facts are on your side then you must pound on the facts and repeat them again and again.  If the law is in your side, then you must pound on the law.  If neither the facts nor the law is in your favour, then what you need to do is pound on the table and express outrage.

That is pretty much what has been going on in the hearings so far from the one side and it is interesting for lawyers, especially those who go to court all the time, to observe that in action – how people without the facts or the law in their favour can still make it sound awfully good, just by pounding on the table and screaming outrage on anything they can think of, normally being procedure and insisting that the procedure is not fair!

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Friday 22-Nov-19 Share on Facebook   Tweet It

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Natasha  said:
on Tuesday 14-Jan-20 08:47 AM
Well personally I',m not a fan of Trump all though he has a way of doing things that is a lot better than South Africa but he also don't have filter that can give him a lot of problems.

Dasanya   said:
on Friday 13-Dec-19 10:09 AM
Trump has no filter and its no wonder that impeachment proceedings have been instituted against him. It is interesting to note that different approaches have different affects especially in law where it is thought that facts and law are the recipe for a successful case however, that seems not to be case when screaming outrage produces better results in these instances.

Bianca Taljaard  said:
on Thursday 12-Dec-19 07:36 AM
I would actually love to be a fly on the wall. I'm sure Trump doesn't think that he is doing anything wrong.

Ashleigh  said:
on Wednesday 11-Dec-19 03:24 PM
Impeachment Hearings sound quite hectic. I would not like to be President Donald Trump right now especially this time of the year. But he is one tough individual that can handle this I am sure. I look forward to the outcome.

Michelle D  said:
on Tuesday 03-Dec-19 06:04 PM
We can all leave it to Fox News to give us neither the law nor facts. Although even they seem to be giving up on Trump. I just wonder how long these impeachment hearings will take? I doubt they are that effective if they allow Trump to stall until the end of his term anyway.

Prishani  said:
on Monday 02-Dec-19 03:16 PM
I would love to be present at one of these hearings it would be interesting to watch especially if the legal team of the president are as outrages and bold as their client!

Daniella  said:
on Monday 02-Dec-19 02:11 PM
Donald Trump has openly abused his power - He tweets the most ridiculous things. I would love to see the outcome of the Impeachment and see if Trump would be removed from office after it all.

Melissa  said:
on Monday 02-Dec-19 02:01 PM
I love reading the news and can't wait to see what the outcome is going to be and this is really something that will never end

Helen  said:
on Friday 29-Nov-19 11:14 AM
Very interesting article to read, I found as well some interesting facts about the past:
Clinton and Johnson have been impeached and no U.S. president has ever been forced out of office.
Johnson faced impeachment in 1868 after clashing with the Republican-led House over the “rights of those who had been freed from slavery,” although firing his secretary of war, Edwin Stanton, who was backed by the Republicans, led to the impeachment effort.
Clinton, whose impeachment was connected to the cover-up of his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky while in office, was 22 votes away from reaching the necessary number of votes in the Senate.
Richard Nixon faced three articles of impeachment related to the Watergate scandal, in which he allegedly obstructed the investigation and helped cover up the crimes surrounding the break-in.

Like Nixon faced articles of impeachment, meaning that the House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment in relation to the Watergate scandal, but didn’t let the process get any further.But he didn’t let the process get any further, resigning before the House could impeach him.

Kathryn  said:
on Friday 29-Nov-19 07:45 AM
I think that trying to impeach Trump instead of just waiting to see if he gets re-elected is great. If presidents aren't impeached, they won't be scared of being impeached and the bad behaviour will only continue with this president or the next.

Tamaryn  said:
on Thursday 28-Nov-19 04:32 PM
This is truly fascinating because you see it all the time in Court. It's just unfortunate that there are more times than we'd care to admit that table-pounding and accusations of unfairness seem to succeed over the facts and the law. I don't think Trump will be impeached given these sorts of trends.

Thabitha  said:
on Thursday 28-Nov-19 08:24 AM
When you see this man face and the name Trump its obvious that what ever you are saying to him or about him it doesn't bother him at all.

Mathilda Du Preez  said:
on Thursday 28-Nov-19 07:27 AM
Can wait to hear the outcome, obviously Donald Trump denies any wrong doing

Zandelee  said:
on Thursday 28-Nov-19 06:39 AM
This was interesting to read as in many political debates you actually do see how politicians constantly repeat themselves to persuade the public and that it actually works like with Donald Trump.

Claudia B  said:
on Wednesday 27-Nov-19 08:26 AM
Not to big on the news watching but will be interesting to know what happens,

Angelique  said:
on Monday 25-Nov-19 05:29 PM
I guess everyones tactic is different but it sure is interesting to watch as well as see the outcome. It is the time that many scandals will surface to light - many dirty players :)

patrick  said:
on Monday 25-Nov-19 05:16 PM
I think is a game of wait and see.

Megan  said:
on Monday 25-Nov-19 04:57 PM
Truly is like a reality show, as pointed out if you're not stressing the fact nor law you're just going off a whim and huffing and puffing to get your point across. What is the point of the two if you can sway it in your favour just by spinning some words and actions.

Roxanne Rautenbach  said:
on Monday 25-Nov-19 04:57 PM
I don't watch the news but it will be interesting to see the outcome

sandra  said:
on Monday 25-Nov-19 04:09 PM
We all know that the media likes to add or leave out facts. We are limited to media in any event. However, this is yet another "scandal" that will keep the world entertained until resolved

Michelle Smillie  said:
on Monday 25-Nov-19 11:19 AM
Even though I don't follow the news on a daily basis, it would be interesting to see the outcome of these proceedings.

Sujata  said:
on Friday 22-Nov-19 04:43 PM
The Trump impeachment can phase in either direction.

Alexis  said:
on Friday 22-Nov-19 04:17 PM
There will always be scrutiny towards those in power. Though, one should know who and what Donald Trump is about. Aggression is his key point and even if he knows nothing about anything, it is one way for him to seem as though he does. It is a very crude way to deal with things to be frank.

Ziyanda  said:
on Friday 22-Nov-19 02:27 PM
Impeachments are just a way for politicians to keep us entertained.

david  said:
on Friday 22-Nov-19 08:15 AM
grab them by the pussy!

Brumilde Cronje  said:
on Friday 22-Nov-19 07:12 AM
The whole world always watches that goes on in the American politics. Like a reality show that never ends and there is always a twist at the end

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