You have asked a deceptively simple question, which requires a very complicated answer.
I’ll try to offer a small bit of that complicated answer.
First of all —
Here is A SHORT ARTICLE BY PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS which gets to the heart of the matter.
And here is an excerpt from his article —
Democrats themselves describe it in this way. For example, here is how Rob Kall, the director of one of the progressive Democrat websites, described the purpose of the investigation:
“The idea should be to keep the impeachment going as long as possible, with new testimonies and new releases of disclosures of alleged corruption and treason on a regular basis.
“Looking at impeachment as a process for removing the president is the wrong way of thinking about it. Looking at it as a key that gives access to investigative tools is the smarter, more strategic, way of looking at it.
“Ideally, it will get so bad for Trump that the Republicans will end up putting up someone else to run in the general election.
“But keeping him under investigation, at least through the November election, will increasingly erode the support of both Trump and the Republican party brand, making a Democratic takeover of the Senate and the White House, and an increased control of the House even more likely.”
In other words, it is a political power play.
My personal opinion is that the Democrats have the objective of discrediting and delegitimizing President Trump, so that one of the following will occur (listed in order of preference) —
- he is convicted and removed from office prior to the November 2020 election
- he is so worn down by the incessant attacks from Democrats and mediacrats, that he chooses not to seek reelection in November
- he runs for reelection, but loses, because his base of support abandons him
- he wins reelection, but is so damaged in reputation, in credibility, and in spirit, that he is unable to govern effectively
- he wins reelection, remains strong and effective, but is subjected to another impeachment, which effectively destroys his second term
The Democrats’ worst fear
One of the things that absolutely terrifies Democrats of all political persuasions, especially Radical Leftist Democrats, is the prospect of another Trump nominee making it onto the Supreme Court.
Our Supreme Court, as you probably know, is a nine-member Court. In recent years, it has been divided 5-4 along ideological lines, with the 5-member majority at times being the conservatives, and at times being the liberals. (Roughly speaking, the conservatives are Republicans, and the liberals are Democrats.)
Trump has already achieved the appointment of two Justices: Neil Gorsuch and Bret Kavanaugh. Ultra-conservative Gorsuch replaced ultra-conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly. Conservative Kavanaugh replaced Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was considered the Court’s “swing vote”, shifting the 5-member majority from conservative to liberal, or vice versa, depending on the issue being decided. So, Trump has already tilted the Court slightly to the conservative side.
What the Democrats fear is the death or retirement of Justice Ruth Bader Ginzberg, who will be 87 in March, has been on the Court for 26½ years, and is a three-time cancer survivor. She is a staunch liberal, and has sworn to stay on the Court as long as Trump is in the White House. If she is unable to do that, Trump will surely nominate – and the Republican-controlled Senate will surely confirm – a staunch (young, most likely female) conservative to replace her. If, or when, that occurs, the complexion of the Supreme Court will be dramatically altered.
In recent decades, the Democrats have relied on a compliant federal judiciary to help them do certain things that they have been unable to do legislatively. This tactic is referred to as “legislating from the bench”, and it has extended all the way to the Supreme Court on occasion. The Democrats are terrified of losing this important part of their political power at the very top of the judiciary. They have already lost a lot of this power in the Federal District Courts and in the Federal Circuit Courts, where Trump has been filling federal judicial vacancies at a prodigious pace.
A second Trump term will likely result in many more conservative judicial appointments in the lower federal courts. And a second Trump term will likely outlast (or outlive) Ruth Bader Ginzberg, resulting in her replacement by a “rock-ribbed conservative” – the Democrats’ worst nightmare.