Liberal Law Professor Issues Grave Warning To Rabid Impeachment Dems
Self-proclaimed liberal, Jonathan Turley, is a law professor at George Washington University Law School and a strong advocate against the motion to impeach the President. Professor Turley spoke out to warn Democrats that pushing an impeachment against Trump would damage the Constitution and further the divide in our nation.
Alleged Trump-supporters raised the Capitol last Wednesday causing serious damages and leading to 5 deaths. Democrats are hanging Wednesday's raid on President Trump claiming he incited violence and influenced his supporters to over-take the Capitol.
He did not, but Democrats don't care about the facts.
In fact, according to the Washington Examiner, 180 House Democrats support impeaching Trump for "willfully inciting violence." Indeed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that if Trump does not resign, the House will immediately begin impeachment proceedings against him.
Turley explained in an essay for The Hill:
"The author Franz Kafka once wrote, "My guiding principle is this. Guilt is never to be doubted." Democrats suddenly appear close to adopting that standard into the Constitution as they prepare for a second impeachment of President Trump. With seeking his removal for incitement, Democrats would gut not only the impeachment standard but also free speech, all in a mad rush to remove Trump just days before his term ends.
'Democrats are seeking to remove Trump on the basis of his remarks to supporters before the rioting at the Capitol. Like others, I condemned those remarks as he gave them, calling them reckless and wrong. I also opposed the challenges to electoral votes in Congress. But his address does not meet the definition for incitement under the criminal code. It would be viewed as protected speech by the Supreme Court.'
Turley explained that Democrats are "now seeking an impeachment for remarks covered by the First Amendment," but added that they're all hypocrites at this point, for accusing Trump of doing the same thing they have done for years.
"Democrats are pushing this dangerously vague standard while objecting to their own remarks given new meaning from critics. Conservatives have pointed to Maxine Waters asking her supporters to confront Republicans in restaurants, while Ayanna Pressley insisted amidst the violent marches last year that 'there needs to be unrest in the streets,' and Kamala Harris said 'protesters should not let up' even as some of those marches turned violent," Turley wrote. "They can legitimately argue their rhetoric was not meant to be a call for violence, but this standard is filled with subjectivity."
Turley condemns the damages done by rioters at the Capitol but adds that it will 'pale in comparison' the damage Pelosi and House Dems will inflect on the Consitution if they move forward with a baseless impeachment.
"The damage caused by the rioters this week was enormous, however, it will pale in comparison to the damage from a new precedent of a snap impeachment for speech protected under the First Amendment. It is the very threat that the framers sought to avoid in crafting the impeachment standard," Turley explained.
"In a process of deliberative judgment, the reference to a snap impeachment is a contradiction. In this new system, guilt is not doubted and innocence is not deliberated," he continued. "This would do to the Constitution what the violent rioters did to the Capitol and leave it in tatters."
Pelosi has yet to make a final decision on how precisely Democrats will proceed, including whether to pursue a constitutional process that could remove Trump without impeachment. In a statement Friday evening, Pelosi again pressured Trump to resign his office but said Democrats would "preserve every option" if he did not.
Top Democrats say privately there is broad consensus for impeachment next week in a caucus that remains deeply shaken, and House Democrats plan to introduce a formal resolution during Monday's pro forma session, though President-elect Joe Biden is less than enthusiastic about that specific option. Pelosi herself made clear, even as some colleagues resisted, that the House must act and that impeachment is becoming the most probable course after getting feedback from the full caucus, according to Politico.
One idea on the table is to go after Trump after Biden's inauguration with the main goal being to prevent Trump from running for president in the future. Impeachment, would also end the President's security detail- no secret service protection. As well as prevent him from receiving a yearly salary and travel expense account, like every president before has.