Professor Receives Death Threats for Noticing Flimsiness of Impeachment
Constitutional Law Professor Jonathan Turley, who teaches at George Washington University, started receiving death threats and calls for his immediate firing before he even finished testifying before the House Judiciary Committee last week.
This is remarkable because Turley is a) a Democrat, b) not a Trump supporter, c) supports impeaching President Trump, and d) even says that he is personally mad that Trump won the 2016 election. All of the threats against Professor Turley have been from liberal Democrats.
So, what did Turley do that enraged a howling mob of pitchfork-wielding leftists to the point where they want to murder him and his family? He pointed out that the current impeachment fiasco in the House of Representatives is one of the shabbiest efforts at impeachment in US history.
Again: Turley does not like Donald Trump. But for the crime of being one of the last honest liberals in America, the mob now wants to kill him.
Turley noted in his testimony that impeaching a president is supposed to be a serious process. It’s supposed to be a lengthy process in which the House builds a case against the president.
We just found out about Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president in September – and the House hopes to impeach him before Christmas break. That is breathtaking speed compared to every past impeachment or attempted impeachment.
The House laid a trap for President Andrew Johnson a year in advance, by creating a law that Johnson couldn’t fire his own Secretary of War. When Johnson triggered the trap a year later, only then did impeachment proceedings begin.
The Nixon impeachment simmered for two years and worked its way through the court system before the House ever drafted Articles of Impeachment against him (his resignation preempted his eventual impeachment).
Bill Clinton committed perjury in front of a grand jury in January of 1998. If you grew up hearing from media figures that Bill Clinton was “impeached for sex,” you might want to sit down for this next paragraph.
Following his committing perjury, Clinton obstructed justice by suborning perjury from Monica Lewinsky, White House secretary Bettie Currie, and approximately two dozen women he had sexually harassed; concealed gifts he had given to Lewinsky; abused his official power to try to secure a job for Lewinsky so she would lie to a grand jury to protect him; and permitted his own lawyer to lie about Lewinsky’s affidavit to the grand jury. The Clinton impeachment lasted 14 months from its beginning until the Senate acquitted him the following year.
The House impeachment of Donald Trump began in September and will likely be wrapped up before New Year’s. Turley has a point on that.
Professor Turley also noted that in all past impeachments, there was a clear, admitted crime to impeach over. Johnson fired his Secretary of War but was rescued from removal when the courts ruled that the law which he had “broken” was unconstitutional to begin with.
The crimes committed by Nixon and Clinton were likewise recognized, identifiable crimes that everyone agreed on. Neither the House Intelligence Committee nor the House Judiciary Committee has yet explained what crime President Trump is alleged to have committed.
Not a single witness who has testified in the impeachment hearings – publicly or privately – has identified a crime.
Turley also noted that all previous impeachments have been bipartisan in nature and have allowed due process to the accused. 31 House Democrats voted with Republicans to impeach Bill Clinton, for example.
To date, no House Republican has stated that they favor impeaching Donald Trump. President Trump has not been allowed to have his own attorneys present in the questioning of “witnesses” for cross-examination. In fact, President Trump’s rights have been completely thrown out the window in this case.
Professor Turley’s best comment during his testimony, perhaps, was that there is a clear case of “abuse of power” involved in the impeachment of Donald Trump. But the abuse of power is being committed by the Democrats, for impeaching a president at incredible speed, without bipartisan support, and without an identifiable crime.