Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy identified a glaring problem in the case Democrats are making for impeaching President Trump: “They don’t have one.”
Following weeks of congressional testimony, Democrats have failed to stick to a singular charge against the president. They investigated the president for two years with accusations regarding collusion with Russia before shifting to accusing Trump of obstructing Congress, bribery, and quid pro quo.
Jumping from one charge to the other and not having enough evidence to prove any of them has the Republican leader convinced
“Democrats devised their timeline for impeaching the president a long time ago, and they’ve just been filling it in as they go along. There’s just one problem with their case,” McCarthy said. “They don’t have one.”
Watch the Republican leader’s comments below:
Democrats devised their timeline for impeaching the president a long time ago, and they've just been filling it in as they go along. There's just one problem with their case.
They don’t have one. pic.twitter.com/WnoNsNFBqj
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) December 8, 2019
During the most recent congressional hearing with law scholars, George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley testified that Democrats did not have sufficient evidence of a crime and are trampling over the due process afforded to all Americans—including the President of the United States.
“President Trump will not be our last president, and what we leave in the wake of this scandal will shape our democracy for generations to come,” Turley continued.
There is not enough evidence and certainly not enough due process, Turley argued for this impeachment effort to be legitimate.
“I’m concerned about lowering impeachment standards to fit a paucity of evidence and an abundance of anger,” Turley said via the Western Journal reporting. “I believe this impeachment not only fails to satisfy the standard of past impeachments but would create a dangerous precedent for future impeachments.”
The professor said Trump’s current impeachment process should be compared and contrasted to previous congressional impeachment attempts like Andrew Johnson in 1868, Richard Nixon in 1974 and Bill Clinton in 1998.
“There are three commonalities when you look at these past cases,” he said. “All involved established crimes. This would be the first impeachment in history where there would be considerable debate and, in my view, not compelling evidence of the commission of a crime.”
“This is a facially incomplete and an inadequate record to impeach a president,” Turley argued.
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"If you impeach a president if you make a high crime and misdemeanor out of going to the courts, it is an abuse of power.
It’s your abuse of power.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 4, 2019