Commencing an Impeachment inquiry in the house does not guarantee a conviction in the Senate. Certainly not with a law-breaking enabling Senate controlled by Republicans.
Nonetheless, commencing an impeachment inquiry is the correct thing to do when a sitting president decides that the laws do not apply to him.
In some countries, a lawless leader may be recalled, and in others, they engage in coups to remove leaders they believe are acting outside their authority.
In the United States, the Constitution allows for impeachment as the means to remove a president who [commits high crimes and misdemonors] (sic).
Regardless of the outcome of the actions on which the US house has embarked, removing a lawless, immoral cancerous presidency is the correct thing to do.
When the question is asked for posterity, “what did our leaders do while all this was going on”?
It will forever be told, that the United States House of Representatives under Democratic leadership started an impeachment inquiry, which was intended to hold the head of the executive branch of the government accountable.
It will, forever be a stain on the US Senate under Republican leadership, that a bunch of men and women who took an oath to defend the Constitution of these United States, allowed a lawless executive to continue unchecked, as a result of political and other considerations.
The Speaker of the House has a duty to protect the Republic from a lawless executive. Prudence and fidelity to constitutional responsibilities cannot be a slave, or subservient to poll results, or public perceptions.
Defending the Constitution cannot be a function of polls and public opinion.
If, as a nation, the United States is at a place in which the chief executive can flout the laws and the people are okay with it, then the problem is bigger, much bigger, than Donald Trump.
Regardless of the outcome of this inquiry, Donald Trump will have the dubious distinction, as did Andrew Johnson, William J. Clinton and Richard Nixon who resigned before he could be kicked out, of being impeached, or had impeachment inquiries commenced against them.
It is a hall of shame in which Donald Trump belongs, he is a stain on the decency of humanity.
True to form Republican leadership in the Senate has steadfastly vowed to defend a lawless Donald Trump. No other single human being has done more harm to the Republic than Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell.
No single person’s treachery will be more long-lasting.