If we step aside from the political punditry and partisan talk, the impeachment process is relatively straightforward and the end result has historically been toothless. First, a criminal act (aka High Crimes and Misdemeanors) is not needed to impeach the President. All it takes is any conduct that the majority party in the House believes is violative of one’s duty to country or a breach of the public trust (e.g. corruption, abuse of power, sexual misconduct, or any conduct in our ever-relaxing moral compass). This conduct is malleable in the hands of the prosecuting political party. One party’s definition of corrupt intent is another party’s “suggestion”; one party saying abuse of power is another party’s “show of strength.”
The impeachment process was installed into our constitution to help weed out those who are unfit for office. This would be based upon bad acts that we should all be able to agree upon (versus the talking points that are force-fed to us daily by the MAGA diehards and the Never Trumpers). Today’s politics has morphed this process into a power play that is full of hypocritical acts/arguments and demanding of party loyalty. What has been lost is our elected leader’s spines and desire to do what is right for our country and not what is right for one’s political party. Add to all this, the millions upon millions of our dollars being spent in partisan bickering and spin and it’s no wonder our country’s people are in a state of indifference to that which is happening around them and sometimes to them. Our noble constitutional process has become a contest of who has the loudest voice and can sling the most factual distortions to suit their party.