Impeachment witness and George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley is speaking out against Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, arguing that she has “destroyed” House Democrats’ case for impeachment.
Just last month, Turley argued in the New York Times that Pelosi failed to convince the America public because she rushed the impeachment process. “The problem is that this is the thinnest record of any modern impeachment as well as arguably the shortest impeachment investigation in history,” he said in the Times.
In a separate article last month, Turley wrote, “Journalist Henry Louis Mencken once observed, ‘Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them,’” he said. “Despite unending respect for Mencken, this is an occasion in which I found him mistaken, after I violated the Eleventh Commandment, ‘Thou shalt not testify for Republicans.’”
Turley is now turning it up even more by shredding Pelosi’s decision to delay sending the articles of impeachment over to the Senate.
“From the outset, the ploy of Pelosi withholding the House impeachment articles was as implausible as it was hypocritical,” Turley wrote in an article titled, “Pelosi’s Blunder: How the House Destroyed its Own Case for Impeachment.”
“There was no reason why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would make concessions to get an impeachment that he loathed,” he added. “More importantly, just a couple of days earlier, House leaders insisted that some of us were wrong to encourage them to wait on an impeachment vote to create a more complete record. Pelosi previously insisted that House committees could not pursue direct witnesses like former national security adviser John Bolton because there was no time to delay in getting this impeachment to the Senate. She then waited a month and counting to send the articles over to the Senate.”
“The fact is that Pelosi played into the hands of McConnell by first rushing this impeachment forward with an incomplete record and now giving him the excuse to summarily change the rules, or even to dismiss the articles,” Turley also noted.
Check out what Josh Hammer had to say in an op-ed for the New York Post:
Thorny legal issues aside, Pelosi’s gambit lays bare the brazen hypocrisy of the sanctimonious “norm”-worshippers. Most of Trump’s purportedly grievous sins pale in comparison to the destructive and destabilizing nature of Pelosi’s transmission delay — not to mention the unfair and underhanded nature of the proceedings in her own chamber.
The president may not have an explicit constitutional right to a Senate trial. But if Democrats really cared about rule of law and good order, they would have allowed the Framers’ process to unfold as it was supposed to do. Their delay tactics merely expose the frivolity of their Trump-induced mass hysteria.
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