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A preemptive impeachment

Byron York, Washington Examiner

"The president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week when she announced that she had told her committee chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment. Judiciary Committee Democrats are deeply concerned by the prospect of a government official using his or her office to investigate political opponents. So now, they have adopted the doctrine of preemptive impeachment. In other contexts (such as the Iraq war), preemption has proved to be an enormously controversial political rationale. It will likely prove equally contentious in the context of impeachment.