Former Whitewater independent counsel Ken Starr called the concept of impeaching President Trump over information surrounding his July telephone call with Ukraine’s leader extreme.
The Home of Representatives, nevertheless, has the last word in what specifies constitutionally laid out however vague “high criminal activities and misdemeanors,” Starr told “ Your World” on Wednesday.
” It should not be, but is it?” Starr asked. This, after host Neil Cavuto reported that numerous Republican legislators have dismissed the concept of impeachment based on any alleged quid pro quo.
” The Constitution does not talk to the definition, as the definition is delegated to the profundity of your house of Representatives– informed by history and custom.”
” I think what is being seen here is the extensive … definition of high criminal activities and misdemeanors– we disapprove of what the president did, of his design … we think that leads to justifying his elimination from office,” he said, defining Democratic arguments.
” I believe that is an elegant antihistorical technique, however the Home of Representatives has the raw power to define an impeachable offense. And that’s what we’re hearing– I do not believe it’s impeachable.”
Starr added that through more than 200 years of U.S. history, there has typically been an “hidden criminal offense” surrounding the handful of impeachment proceedings versus federal officials.
” Bill Clinton committed criminal offenses. Richard Nixon got in into a conspiracy to obstruct justice– and all I’ve heard [about Trump] in regards to criminal activity is extortion. And, as [Rep.] Jamie Raskin of Maryland stated the other day, ‘shakedown’– which sounds in the nature of extortion.”
He claimed that, most typically, “extortion” is something the “victim complains about” instead of individuals not associated with the relationship.
Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report