Impeachment Day 6 – Trump’s Turn
(UnitedVoice.com) – Monday was the second day for the Trump defense team and by the time the day was over Republicans were feeling reinvigorated.
At first, it appeared the day would be challenging after the New York Times released a bombshell article from a leaked source. The article claimed that former National Security Advisor John Bolton was informed by Trump that he wanted to keep a $391million freeze on Ukranian aid until they investigated former Vice-President Joe Biden and his son Hunter on allegations of corruption. Luckily it didn’t tarnish the proceedings for long.
Here are the highlights from Day 6…
Dershowitz Goes on the Offensive
Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz gave a lively constitutional defense of President Trump and said that House Democrats picked “dangerous” and “wrong” charges against Trump — making the case that “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress” were not even close to what the framers intended as a justification for impeachment.
In condemning the actions of the House, Dershowitz made the case that such vague articles open up a pandora’s box that would allow any president to be impeached for virtually any reason. He added that many presidents have been accused of abuse of power or obstruction yet were never formally impeached, to include:
- George Washington refused to turn over documents to Congress related to the Jay Treaty.
- John Adams enforced the Alien and Sedition Acts.
- Thomas Jefferson purchased Louisana without Congressional authorization.
- John Tyler abused his veto powers.
- James Polk usurped the role of Congress repeatedly.
- Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus.
- Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Barak Obama all overstepped their authority according to the House’s impeachment articles.
Dershowitz said the term “abuse of power” should be a “political weapon” used only in “campaign rhetoric” and that it has “no standard definition nor meaningful constitutional relevance.”
Finally, in the impeachment of Andrew Johnson in 1868, Dershowitz argued that Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Robbins Curtis said there could be no impeachable offense “without a law, written or unwritten, express or implied.” Curtis was serving as Johnson’s attorney during the impeachment.
Dershowitz Responds to the Bolton Revelation
In his upcoming book, former National Security Advisor John Bolton alleges that Trump told him he did not want to release aid to Ukraine until there was an investigation into the Bidens. Dershowitz argued that an overt quid pro quo would not suffice as an impeachable abuse of power.
“Nothing in the Bolton revelations, even if true, would rise to the level of an abuse of power, or an impeachable offense. That is clear from the history. That is clear from the language of the Constitution. You cannot turn conduct that is not impeachable into impeachable conduct simply by using terms like ‘quid pro quo’ and ‘personal benefit.'”
"Nothing in the Bolton revelations, even if true, would rise to the level of an abuse of power or an impeachable offense.
That is clear from the history.
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) January 28, 2020
Pam Bondi Puts Hunter Biden on Notice
Making the case that Trump was legitimately concerned about corruption regarding the Bidens, attorney and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi exposed how the left-wing media was also expressing serious concerns about Hunter Biden’s lucrative income as a board member of Burisma Holdings while his father oversaw Ukranian policy.
Citing the Washington Post, ABC, CNN, and CBS, Bondi effectively made the claim that Trump’s call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky about Biden’s corruption was a legitimate concern and that it wasn’t some kind of minuscule thing or a “conspiracy theory” as Democrats have argued.
CNN’s Chief legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, said that Bondi “did an effective job of showing how sleazy the hiring of Hunter Biden was. He was given a great deal of money for a job he was unqualified for, and the only reason he got it was he was the vice president’s son.”
Afterward, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) gave a heated news conference saying it was “the beginning of serious corruption” involving the Bidens and corruption in Ukraine.
Ted Cruz just went beastmode shredding Hunter Biden and Joe and the journos went bonkers!!! LMAOOOOO pic.twitter.com/ySrSZ936iO
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 27, 2020
Day seven of the impeachment trial is set for Tuesday, January 28th. Trump’s defense team has signaled that it will wrap up a few hours after the session starts. We’ll keep you posted.
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