By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) A group of Republican state attorneys general have sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging members to reject the Democrat-led impeachment against President Donald Trump because it’s bogus.
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The 21 state AGs noted that the sham of a process led by majority Democrats in the House “establishes a dangerous historical precedent” for future impeachment proceedings based solely on political opposition, not on the Constitution’s standard of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
“If not expressly repudiated by the Senate, the theories animating both Articles will set a precedent that is entirely contrary to the Framers’ design and ruinous to the most important governmental structure protections contained in our Constitution: the separation of powers,” they wrote, according to Fox News.
The GOP letter was signed by the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.
The AGs further note that the impeachment is little more than a naked attempt by Democrats to overturn the results of the 2016 election in which Trump defeated the most criminally investigated presidential contender ever, Hillary Clinton.
“Even an unsuccessful effort to impeach the President undermines the integrity of the 2020 presidential election because it weaponizes a process that should only be initiated in exceedingly rare circumstances and should never be used for partisan purposes,” the letter continued.
Fox News noted further:
The attorneys general proceeded to pick apart the impeachment articles themselves. The abuse of power article, they claimed, “is based upon a constitutionally-flawed theory” that is “infinitely expansive and subjective” because it relies on the motivation the president had for “exercising concededly lawful constitutional authority” (emphasis in original) that Democrats deemed to be corrupt. …
The attorneys general claimed that the second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress, is “equally flawed,” arguing that the House’s theory means that a president can be impeached for invoking executive privilege. Doing so would render the privilege “meaningless,” they said, because it would place the privilege “under unilateral control of the House.”
Rather than impeach Trump for using privilege to block witnesses from testifying before the House’s impeachment inquiry, they should have gone to court to challenge the president and enforce subpoenas, they said.
“It cannot be a legitimate basis to impeach a President for acting in a legal manner that may also be politically advantageous,” they continued. “Such a standard would be cause for the impeachment of virtually every President, past, present, and future.”
The precedent set by this impeachment, they warned, “will erode the separation of powers shared by the executive and legislative branches by subjugating future Presidents to the whims of the majority opposition party in the House of Representatives.”
After day one of the impeachment trial, Democrats have already attempted to turn the proceedings into a clown show, chiding Republicans about “fairness” and “witnesses” when they offered none of that to House GOP members during the lower chamber’s ‘inquiry.’
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