Thursday, October 17, 2019

Nothing Constitutional About An Impeachment Process With Secret Evidence And Secret Witnesses

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The forceful and thorough rebuke that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone delivered to the “impeachment inquiry” will go down in history as the definitive document defeating an attempted coup.
Over the course of eight scathing pages in a letter last week, Cipollone thoroughly deconstructed the absurd “Ukrainegate” narrative that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (Calif.) has tried to construct.
Cipollone critiqued the process by which Democrats are seeking to railroad the executive branch, arguing they “have denied the president the right to cross-examine witnesses, to call witnesses, to receive transcripts of testimony, to have access to evidence, to have counsel present, and many other basic rights guaranteed to all Americans.”
By refusing to let the full House vote to begin an impeachment inquiry, and instead leaving control of the process in the hands of committee chairmen, Cippolone contends the impeachment is grossly unconstitutional. He added that the executive branch will not give it a veneer of legitimacy by participating to any greater extent than the law requires.
The letter — addressed to Schiff, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (Md.), and House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (N.Y.) — elicited a hysterical outcry from the media, which characterized it as the president “refusing to cooperate” or “defying Congress” as if the plain statements of facts and precedent supporting the president’s legal and constitutional rights were itself akin to a crime. See how this works with these power-hungry miscreants?
Within a day of the letter’s publication, Democrats, journalists, and leftist commentators were essentially claiming that the president’s refusal to follow the script written by his would-be impeachers is itself grounds for impeachment. “All that defiance does is add to the case,” Democratic Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly told reporters, echoing threats Schiff made at the very beginning of this sham.
The problem with this argument, of course, is that it has no basis in the law.
Read the rest from Joe DiGenova HERE.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Trump says impeachment inquiry is unfair. Is he right?