Is #president Trump completely out of control? Is impeachment a way to stop him? Has he actually #committed war crimes in just under two weeks? Can he be impeached?

What is impeachment?

Article II, Section 4 of the US Constitution states in Section 4 that "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."

That’s intentionally vague because everyone commits misdemeanors. Impeachment was included in The Constitution so a dangerous or criminal official could be removed. Clinton, for example, was charged by the House with several crimes linked to lying about his sexual contact with a White House intern.

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But he was only censured, not convicted in The Senate.

Impeachment is the charge equivalent to a criminal indictment, it isn't conviction.

Clearly Trump could be impeached (charged) leading to a trial by the Senate but since he has to first be charged by the heavily Republican House of Representatives (impeached), his actions will have to become crazy enough or dangerous enough for a majority of Republicans to turn against him publically.

Weird fights

President Trump starts public fights with Hollywood stars, Saturday Night Live comedians, newspapers he doesn’t like, compares German Chancellor Merkel to Putin, says he will move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, bans Muslim refugees, has been accused of sex crimes, and now he has attacked Australia for an Obama administration agreement and followed up with a twitter attack showing he didn’t understand the difference between an immigrant and a refugee.

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During a phone call with Liberal party PM, Malcolm Bligh Turnbull, President Trump accused Australia of trying to send the next Boston Bomber to the US. The rest of the call reportedly didn't go well.

People in the United States are pointing out that President Trump's recent Executive Order may be in violation of The Constitution and several judges think they may have a case. Establishment of a religious test is a violation of United States law, but could this directive from President Trump go even further and violate international law? Suspension of all refugee admissions may be a war crime.

Since the order targets countries which have never sent terrorists to the US and ignores three countries which have done so but also do a lot of business with The Trump Organization, many question his motives. President Trump defends his position by saying Obama singled out the same countries, ignoring the fact that all Obama did was order a return to regular screening of people coming from those countries, not suggest a ban.

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Saudi Arabia, where the King and royal family made a deal with radical clerics to remain in power as long as they permit the anti-American, anti-western Saudi-financed madrassas in S.A. and Pakistan. Many teach Wahhabism, a rigid form of Islam which turned out many members of the Taliban.

War crime

There have been calls for charging President Trump with a war crime for violating the Geneva Convention. War crimes are defined by The Geneva Convention 1949 version as “causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health.” It's claimed President Trump did this by stopping some refugees from seeking asylum in the US. But another part of the Geneva Convention may also apply to Trump’s later ban on all refugees from Syria.

War crimes aren’t all military actions, they also include violations of the 1949 International Humanitarian Laws. Some are classified as “grave breaches” of international law. A grave breach of the Geneva Conventions is a war crime.

But Trump’s actions may not be not technical violations because many of the international laws apply only to armed conflict between two States, in other words, they don’t apply to civil wars such as the Syrian conflict.

Noam Chomsky has pointed out in great detail how every US President since WWII has committed war crimes.