A Conservative Author Just Tweeted That It Wasn't Too Late to Impeach President Obama and the Internet Made Him Regret It Immediately

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The assertion in Attorney General William Barr's summary of the Mueller Report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives to influence the 2016 election have emboldened many Conservatives to take revenge on Democrats.

Trump's impeachment seems highly unlikely, but Conservative author and President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton called for a different impeachment: former President Barack Obama's.


People were...confused.

It's not clear what Fitton thinks would come of impeaching Obama. The impeachment process in the United States is "remedial, not penal," and "judgments are limited to no more than removal from office and disqualification to hold future office," according to Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute.

Impeaching Obama would obviously not remove him from office, and it doesn't "expunge his presidency," as many conservative Twitter commenters seem to believe.

It would prevent him from holding any other office in the future.

Fitton is the author of Clean House and The Corruption Chronicles, and is president of the Judicial Watch, a "conservative, non-partisan educational foundation" that has been doggedly attempting to bring charges against both Obama and Hillary Clinton.

This isn't the first time Fitton has made noises about impeaching Obama.

He Tweeted "Obama, btw, can still be impeached" in May of 2018.

"If there is anyone who needs to be on the dock, it would be President Obama," Fitton once said in an interview, stressing that Obama employed a "Nixonian use of various agencies to target candidate Trump."

It's unlikely that Fitton's cries to impeach Obama will result in anything...but it seems unlikely that he'll stop trying to as well.

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Late last month, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued one of these orders, urging his constituents to only leave their houses for necessary errands, such as getting groceries or filling prescriptions.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a blistering dissent to the majority's decision, saying:

"Either [voters] will have to brave the polls, endangering their own and others' safety. Or they will lose their right to vote, through no fault of their own. That is a matter of utmost importance — to the constitutional rights of Wisconsin's citizens, the integrity of the State's election process, and in this most extraordinary time, the health of the Nation."

She was flabbergasted that her more conservative colleagues didn't think a global pandemic and national crisis was enough to justify emergency policies ensuring Wisconsinites their right to vote:

"The Court's suggestion that the current situation is not 'substantially different' from 'an ordinary
election' boggles the mind...Now, under this Court's order, tens of thousands of absentee voters, unlikely to receive their ballots in time to cast them, will be left quite literally without a vote."

A majority of the Supreme Court may not have agreed with Ginsburg, but the court of public opinion was fully on her side.





The Republican efforts indicated to some that the party cares more about maintaining control than preserving lives.




Large crowds are already gathering in Wisconsin to vote.

In a bit of devastating irony, the Supreme Court voted remotely when making its decision.

For more information about the tried and true tactic of GOP voter suppression, check out Uncounted, available here.

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