A. The only purpose of impeachment is to prepare an iron-clad case for conviction.
B. If the Senate fails to convict, Dems will lose their House majority.
C. An iron-clad case is needed to start impeachment proceedings.
No.The purpose is to *investigate* to determine whether evidence exists to suggest that a trial for high crimes or misdemeanors is warranted.
It is also to educate the public on the findings...
Educating the public occurs *as evidence is uncovered*, as with John Dean's revelations of a conspiracy during the Watergate hearings, and Alexander Butterfield's disclosing the existence of the Nixon audiotapes.
*The evidence need not all be known prior to the start.*
.. by grilling him on his affair with a consenting adult (not an impeachable offense, America decided), Clinton was acquitted.
The GOP lost only 5 seats after that travesty.
If Dems show good cause, and GOP Senators put party over country, why would Dems lose seats?
No. That's only to start a *trial in the Senate*.
Starting impeachment doesn't require proof beyond reasonable doubt, or even probable cause that a crime has been committed.
The standards are up to Congress.
- Obstruction of justice
- Misuse of position
- Misappropriation of funds
- Failure to obey the Take Care Clause by Hatch Act violations, not defending the ACA, etc.
- Defying subpoenas
She also needs a spokesperson to overcome her halting, jargon-laden, and sometimes unintelligible delivery. Reps Swalwell, Raskin and/or Himes seem promising.