Former Independent Counsel Ken Starr, whose work was the basis for the impeachment of Bill Clinton, said that Wednesday’s House impeachment hearings demonstrated no crime — unlike in the cases of Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon. Therefore, the Senate will not vote too convict.
Now, I know what everyone says, that this is a political process and the Constitution does not require a crime to be committed for conviction on impeachment.
But in fact, if a crime has not been convicted, the bar is very high to remove a president. If it’s going to be for bad behavior, it has to be very bad behavior. And denying a corrupt regime its missiles is just not going to be viewed as egregious enough to reverse an election right — and right before the next election.