Theoretically they couldn't lie and get away with it.
The same exact kind of "under oath."
Don't tell me that "Will you tell the truth the whole truth one nothing but the truth swelp yoogod" "Yes."
"The witness may be seated."
is any more binding an oath than
Under oath. Swelp Meegod. Holy Book. The whole nine yards.
My friends, the obligations our government has to the specific words of the Constitution is as absolute as the requirement to speak truth in a court of law.
This is how I do it.
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
OK, so what's "impeachment"?
Are under oath.
An oath every bit as binding as the one you take to testify.
All right, tell me: By what right are these people occupying their offices?
If you commit perjury they don't make you the judge.
Hold your nose and say out loud, "It's political."
Now that we've got that out of the way:
Under oath means "Behavior not optional."
Under oath means, "I solemnly swear to act in specific, empirical, measurable ways.
Yes, doing things to remain in power is "political."
Because it is about governing.
It is not the only thing about governing.
There's also, for instance, applying legal sanctions against citizens who violate oaths given in court.
You know the story.
You know why he thought he could get away with it?
Because everybody blew off their oaths of office like they were whistles.
Maybe we oughta hold them to higher standards.
They are all Under Oath.
They are all violating their oaths.
I submit that it matters.
--Jeff McFadden out.
To challenge or discredit a person's honor, reputation, etc
that's definition 1 of impeach.
To challenge the practices or honesty of a person
That's definition 2.
He has no honor. He has no honesty. His practices are corrupt.
He's a criminal outside of office. Ask the attorney general of new york.
He's a criminal. Everybody knows it.
Paul Ryan is under oath.
Bob Goodlatte is under oath.
We do have a third branch of government.
What if the swing vote was for the Constitution?