George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley was called to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on the issue of impeaching President Trump and what it would mean for the country.
Turley, who admitted that he voted against Trump in the 2016 presidential election, delivered a reasonable and sensible description of the history of impeachment in United States history, including its origins and various applications. He did not defend the president’s actions, but scolded congressional Democrats for abusing the impeachment process.
Turley contrasted the current effort with three previous instances of impeachment: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Richard Nixon in 1974 and Bill Clinton in 1998. He noted this is the first time in U.S. history that the president is facing impeachment without any agreeable crime being committed. The law professor also noted that the effort to impeach Trump would be the most partisan and shortest impeachment effort to date.
Instead of impeachment, Turley argued for more civility in politics—not to recklessly trample over the law to take down the president.
In a tweet on Thursday afternoon, Turley said these calls for civility went unanswered. He said the university he teaches at is receiving calls to have him fired and he personally is receiving threats.
“My call for greater civility and dialogue may have been the least successful argument I made to the committee. Before I finished my testimony, my home and office were inundated with threatening messages and demands that I be fired from GW.”
My call for greater civility and dialogue may have been the least successful argument I made to the committee. Before I finished my testimony, my home and office were inundated with threatening messages and demands that I be fired from GW. https://t.co/X3wsqPTZBj
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) December 5, 2019
BizPac Review reports investigative reporter Sara Carter obtained one of the emails sent to George Washington University about professor Turley.
“I am writing you all after listening to Jonathan Turley’s disgraceful statement defending the corrupt and impeachable actions of President Trump at the House Judiciary impeachment hearing today,” the email reportedly read.
It continued: “I know you all cringe inside knowing that you are affiliated in some way with Turley and have to work or study at the same institution in which he is employed. He is defending the indefensible and I hope that all of the Deans at GWU Law and the students will recognize that he is not serving in the best interest of our country and is a detriment to the success of your school’s future reputation. His actions today were spineless and shameful. He is clearly a lackey for the Trump Administration.”
BizPac Review reports the email’s sentiments were widely echoed online by those who similarly disparaged Turley and his anti-impeachment stance.
Here are just a few responses his critics wrote on social media:
Good. You 1000% deserve it, Traitor🖕
— TDMW50 (@TDMW50) December 6, 2019
@JonathanTurley You are disgust, and your opinion im sorry but its flawed and lacks real standing.. you are just a partisan trash, being utilized by the republicans .. how exactly are you being compensated .. b t w you sound like you wouldn't be able to keep your students awake.
— Johnathan Singleton (@JohnathanS2001) December 6, 2019
In order to defend the indefensible conduct of a white trash Presidency @JonathanTurley throws himself under the bus, reduces his credentials down to a level of a political junkie and embraces talking points of an indoctrinated Fox News pundit. That is quite a descend for him.
— Robert Houston (@RobertHoustonII) December 4, 2019
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
Yesterday we watched the smug and insufferable @JonathanTurley trash himself. His weak arguments against impeachment paled in comparison to those of the colleagues in support of impeachment. If I were his student, I'd drop his course and if I were Luna, I'd run away.
— Joe Colacino (@JoeColac) December 5, 2019