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  • Massena
    started a topic Impeachment v Coup

    Impeachment v Coup

    There has been some talk among Republicans in the news as well as Trumpers on this forum that the impeachment inquiry is a coup.

    Nothing could be further from the truth.

    A coup, or more properly a coup d'état, is defined as:
    a sudden decisive exercise of force in politics; especially : the violent overthrow or alteration of an existing government by a small group.

    Impeachment is explained as being:
    Impeachment
    is a fundamental constitutional power belonging to Congress. This safeguard against corruption can be initiated against federal officeholders from the lowest cabinet member, all the way up to the president and the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Impeachment is defined as:
    Impeachment
    , in common law, a criminal proceeding instituted against a public official by a legislative body.

    There is no correlation between the two. One, a coup, is usually violent and always unlawful, the other, impeachment, is lawful and provided for in law.

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