Your House Judiciary Committee’s report on the legal and constitutional basis for impeaching President Donald Trump states that impeachment is the “last and most amazing resort,” but neglects the truth that Democrats have actually been trying to impeach the president given that well prior to he took office.
One of the report‘s key sources, Harvard Law School professor Laurence People, whom it mentions several times, even argued for impeachment in December 2016, declaring that the president must be impeached on Inauguration Day.
As Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) explained during Wednesday’s hearing with legal scholars who are “specialists” on impeachment, 16 of the committee’s 24 Democratic members– two-thirds of the overall– had actually already voted to “move on impeachment” prior to “Speaker Pelosi revealed the impeachment questions ten weeks ago on September 24 th, before the call between President Trump and President [Volodymyr] Zelensky on July 25 th, prior to the [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller hearing in front of this committee on July 24 th.”
The report, released Saturday, was co-authored by 20 of the committee’s Democratic staff, and disregards the testament of the legal scholars– all billed as experts on impeachment– who affirmed last Wednesday.
The report also consists of several extreme new legal theories
For instance, it points out the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson in 1868 as a favorable precedent, because– they argue– it had to do with impeaching the president for “invalid intentions,” which they propose to do with Trump.
Most historians and legal scholars concur that Johnson must not have actually been impeached; indeed, the Johnson impeachment is often held up as an example of what not to do.
Radical Republicans, irritated by Johnson’s opposition to their strategies for Restoration in the South, attempted to impeach Johnson from a very early stage, and initially attempted to do so based on an unproven conspiracy theory that he had conspired with the Confederacy.
Johnson’s impeachment was not a “last and most extraordinary resort.” Nor is the Trump impeachment.
The report neglects the truth that lots of Democrats, including presidential candidate Tom Steyer, have demanded impeachment from the start; others supported impeachment long before the Ukraine phone call.
The report likewise overlooks the reality that Democrats have actually already held numerous impeachment votes, all of which stopped working; and it likewise fails to validate Democrats’ rush to impeach President Trump– as a first resort– without waiting for the courts to adjudicate concerns about the testimony of key witnesses.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He made an A.B. in Social Researches and Environmental Science and Public Law from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Information of a Revolution, which is readily available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak