Opening Salvos in the Trump Impeachment Trial

Trump's legal team blasts impeachment, while Democrats continue to play games.

Nate Jackson · Jan. 20, 2020

“The Articles of Impeachment submitted by House Democrats are a dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their President. This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election — now just months away.” That’s the summation of the Democrat impeachment charade according to a letter to the U.S. Senate from White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Donald Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow. The letter was the opening statement from Trump’s defense team as the Senate’s impeachment trial gets underway.

The blistering letter continues, “The Articles of Impeachment are constitutionally invalid on their face. They fail to allege any crime or violation of law whatsoever, let alone ‘high Crimes and Misdemeanors,’ as required by the Constitution.”

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, a self-described liberal Democrat, has also joined Trump’s legal team in a limited role, though, as he put it, “I think it overstates it to say I’m a member of the Trump team.” In any case, he’s been a harsh critic of impeachment for months, and he slammed Democrats for impeaching Trump over “two non-criminal actions” that aren’t’ actually impeachable. Worse, Dershowitz said, their actions amount to “the greatest nightmare” of Founders like James Madison and Alexander Hamilton. Rather than counter Dershowitz on the merits, Leftmedia outlets just reiterate that he served on the defense team for Jeffrey Epstein … though somehow the name of Epstein’s buddy Bill Clinton eludes the Beltway’s intrepid reporters.

What else is the Leftmedia doing? Worrying over how partial Republican senators are going to be during the trial.

Speaking of being impartial, here’s what one senator had to say about this partisan political theater:

It has shaken me that we stand at the brink of removing a President — not because of a popular groundswell to remove him and not because of the magnitude of the wrongs he’s committed — but because … a small group of people who hate [the President] and hate his policies … very cleverly and very doggedly exploit the institutions of freedom that we hold dear and almost succeed in undoing him.

That was a letter written by now-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in defense of Bill Clinton in 1999. The extent to which Schumer gets it backwards would be funny if it weren’t so serious.

As a final note, expect to frequently hear the name Lev Parnas in the same scandalized tones usually reserved for Russian mobsters. Who is Parnas? A crony of Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, who has documents pertaining to both Trump’s policy toward Ukraine and the firing of former Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. Like the Government Accountability Office’s bogus finding that Trump broke the law by temporarily delaying military aid to Ukraine, however, Parnas is part of the Democrats’ new narrative that “further investigation” is critical before the Senate can vote on Trump’s fate.

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