Can government officials require American citizens "to demonstrate and elaborate good cause" and "provide supporting documentation" before exercising, say, our First Amendment right to free speech or religious practice?
How about our Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures?
Or our Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, our Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury or our Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection under the laws?
The idea is facially preposterous.
Yet that "good cause"…
"The Constitution's Framers, knowing that executive officers might not monitor themselves, provided the impeachment recourse to bolster the separation of powers. Federal officials can be impeached for dereliction of duty (as in [IRS Commissioner] Koskinen's failure to disclose the disappearance of e-mails germane to a congressional investigation); for failure to comply (as in Koskinen's noncompliance…[more]