In all of the noise surrounding impeachment, it is easy to lose sight of the facts. Here are some important ones to keep at the forefront of your mind as we move into week one of the Senate impeachment trial.
No crimes in the articles of impeachment
The House Democrats did not charge President Trump with a crime in either of their two articles of impeachment. A constitutional impeachment would be based on at least one high crime, bribery or misdemeanors. There are none. That makes the impeachment unconstitutional. If the Senate treats this impeachment as legitimate they will be setting precedents that the Democrats can use again and again against Republican presidents.
A Democrat Impeachment
This impeachment is a Democrat impeachment. No Republicans voted to adopt the articles.
Impeachment was always the Democrat plan
Many of the Democrats in the House, the media, and the DOJ have been trying to impeach the president long before President Trump ever made the July 25 call to Ukraine President Zelenskiy. In fact, Nancy Pelosi admitted that the Democrats have been working on impeachment more than 2 1/2 years. The call to Zelenskiy just gave them a new opportunity after the Mueller investigation failed to produce any impeachable crimes.
The first actual fact provided by the Democrats on this impeachment!
”This has been a couple of years. 2 1/2 years” – Pelosi https://t.co/ChkDA3nSXn
— Stand4America (@4AmericaToday) December 10, 2019
So-called “evidence” is no evidence
All of the “evidence” that the House Democrats have is either hearsay, or “expert” opinions, or opinions of career government bureaucrats, e.g. Marie Yovanovitch, Bill Taylor, Gordon Sondland, Noah Feldman, Alexander Vindman, et al.
They have the whistleblower letter which is full of second-hand information, as the whistleblower was not a witness to the call. The only real evidence is the transcript of that July 25th call to the Ukraine president that Trump released himself. None of this so-called “evidence” would be sufficient to convict anyone in a court of law.
Kellyanne Conway points out in the video below that the House inquiry was not like a trial at all, with Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler, the “judges,” verbally abusing the president from the “bench.” They were not impartial, and that was obvious to anyone who watched.
The House Republicans on the Intelligence and Judiciary committees did a great job defending the president during the House inquiries, but does anyone need reminding that the president did not receive due process in the House? President Trump will finally get his turn in the trial in the senate and the whole world will hear from the president’s lawyers.
President Trump has assembled a team of high-powered lawyers: Jay Sekulow, Ken Starr, Alan Dershowitz, Pat Cipollone, Robert Ray, Pam Bondi, and Jane Raskin. They have already urged the Senate to reject the charges, writing,
The articles of impeachment submitted by House Democrats are a dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president. This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election — now just months away.