WASHINGTON D.C.- On Wednesday, January 10th, former President Donald Trump faced his second day of his impeachment trial, but it was not exactly a fair trial, or so Republicans are claiming.
During day two of the unprecedented proceedings in the U.S. Senate, several high-profile Republicans said Democratic impeachment managers from the House of Representatives had selectively quoted from Trump’s speech to his supporters before they stormed the Capitol on January 6th, the New York Post reported.
The Republican House Judiciary Committee took to Twitter to point out the conveniently censored speech, stating:
“President Trump told protestors to ‘peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,’
“You left that part out. Wonder why?”
President Trump told protestors to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
You left that part out. Wonder why? https://t.co/mf59wlGPaJ
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) February 10, 2021
They were not the only ones to take issue with this as the former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows also tweeted:
“There’s one line from President Trump’s January 6th speech that Democrats keep conveniently leaving out: ‘Peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,’”
There’s one line from President Trump’s January 6th speech that Democrats keep conveniently leaving out:
“Peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard”
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) February 10, 2021
Approximately halfway through Wednesday’s session, House manager Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.) did make mention of Trumps call for things to be done peacefully, but stated that “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard” was only said one time.
“In a speech spanning almost 11,000 words — yes, we did check — that was the one time, the only time President Trump used the word peaceful or any suggestion of non-violence,”
“President Trump used the word ‘fight’ or ‘fighting’ 20 times, including telling the crowd they needed to ‘fight like hell’ to save our democracy.”
Senator Ron Johns also accused the House managers of being hypocrites when they focused on Trump’s refusal to concede the election over the fact that election fraud was widespread.
“[What] is going through all Republicans’ minds is, ‘But what about Hillary Clinton saying and telling Joe Biden, “Never concede”?’”
— US News Briefly (@USNews_b) February 11, 2021
The Post reported that the Democratic presentation included assertions from lead House manager Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) that Trump was the “inciter-in-chief” of the riot in which five people died, and he accused Trump of watching the violence unfold on TV with “glee and delight.”
“To us, it may have felt like chaos and madness — but there was method to the madness that day,”
One of the impeachment managers, Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) not only accused Trump of inciting the violence by saying “fight like hell”, but also claimed that he told them the location and time to storm the Capitol. In addition, Neguse’s stance was that Trump laid the foundation for the riot by fueling the notion that there was widespread election fraud, and President Trump had actually won the election.
“Ask yourself: If, as soon as this had started, if he had gone on TV or logged onto Twitter and said, ‘Stop this attack’ with as much force as he said, ‘Stop the steal,’ how many lives would have been saved?”
“Unfortunately, he didn’t do that.”
Two-thirds majority is needed to convict Trump, however, as stated by Senator Mike Braun earlier that day, it would be unlikely that 17 GOP senators would turn their backs on their party and side with Democrats.
On Tuesday, 44 Republicans voted against going forward with the trial, just one fewer than last month, when the vote on a preliminary measure was 55-45. Additionally, the only Republican to switch sides was Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.), stating he was not impressed by the performance of Trump’s legal team.
“After that, when you have one senator that changed a point of view, I think that says a lot,”
He went on to say:
“So, I think that pretty well fixes in place what you might see as the eventual outcome, even though all of us will listen, you know, through the rest of the proceedings.”
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Dershowitz: House violated the Constitution six times in latest impeachment sham
January 25, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC- Once again, House Democrats, along with ten ill-advised Republicans have engaged in a sham impeachment of now-former President Donald Trump. And by so-doing, constitutional law expert Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV, the House members who did so violated the Constitution a staggering six times.
According to Dershowitz, President Trump did not commit any impeachable offenses as alleged by the House, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she will deliver the articles impeachment to the Senate this Monday. Unfortunately Dershowitz says, they are immune from reprisals.
“We all hear that the president is not above the law, but Congress is not above the law: When Congress impeached the president earlier this week, they committed six independent violations of the Constitution,” Dershowitz said on “Saturday Report.”
Dershowitz by the way is no conservative. He is considered to be rather liberal, but aside from that, he is a constitutionalist. He is also not a fan of President Trump, but he has tremendous respect for the office of the presidency, having helped defend Trump from the last bogus impeachment.
Aside from his interview with Newsmax, Dershowitz also wrote a piece for The Hill, noting the “six separate provisions of the Constitution” the House violated in impeaching Trump again.
“First, it violated the First Amendment, which prohibits the government from abridging free speech. By impeaching Trump for free speech that was protected by the unanimous Supreme Court decision in the case of Brandenburg versus Ohio, the First Amendment was violated.”
Under the articles of impeachment submitted for Trump, in which he was accused of encouraging an “insurrection,” they quoted him as saying, “If you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore,” claiming those words incited a mob to storm the Capitol.
However, one important part of context was missing from that allegation…the follow up where he said:
“I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
In addition, a timeline of the Capitol siege showed that the breach occurred while the president was still speaking, which should serve to debunk the allegation that Trump’s final words stirred up a frenzied crowd.
“Second, the House violated the substantive impeachment criteria in the Constitution, which limits impeachment to ‘treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.’ It cannot be a high crime or misdemeanor for a president to deliver remarks protected by the Constitution.
If Congress can pass no law abridging free speech, then it certainly cannot pass one impeachment resolution abridging free speech of a president.”
If this is the bar which Democrats are setting as far as stirring up an “insurrection,” what of the comments made by a number of Democrats last summer which served to encourage mobs of miscreants to riot in cities, attacking police officers and destroying property?
In citing the third constitutional violation, Dershowitz said:
“Third, it violated due process by giving the president and his legal team no opportunity to present a defense or to formally challenge the articles of impeachment.”
“Fourth, by trying to put Trump on trial in the Senate after he leaves office, the House violated the provision that allows Congress to remove a sitting president [emphasis added] and, only if the Senate decides to remove him by a vote, could it add the sanction of future disbarment from running for office.
Congress has no authority over any president once he leaves office. If Congress had the power to impeach a private citizen to prevent him from running in the future, it could claim jurisdiction over millions of Americans eligible to be candidates for president in 2024.
This would be a dangerous reading of the Constitution that would allow the party in Control of Congress to impeach a popular candidate and preclude him from running.”
Think of the ramifications of such power. As Professor Dershowitz noted, allowing Congress such powers would be extremely dangerous for our Republic. Democrats are drunk with power and unfortunately ten brain-dead Republicans seem more than willing to satiate that power grab.
“Fifth, if the Senate were to conduct a trial of a private citizen, including a former president, then it would violate both the spirt and the letter of the prohibition against bills of attainder.
In Great Britain, Parliament had the authority to try kings, other officials and private citizens. The Framers of the Constitution rejected that power of Congress and also limited its trial jurisdiction to impeaching government officials only while they served in office and could be removed.
To conduct a show trial of a past president would be in violation of the prohibition against bills of attainder.”
Finally, Dershowitz said:
“Sixth, Congress voted in favor of a resolution calling on [then] Vice President Mike Pence to violate the 25th Amendment of the Constitution by falsely declaring that Trump is unable to continue to perform his duties.
It is clear that the Framers of the 25th Amendment had intended it to apply on to presidents disrupted by physical illnesses, such as a stroke or by obvious mental incapacity, such as advanced Alzheimer’s, or by being unconscious after having been shot.
To call on the vice president to improperly invoke the 25th Amendment was to act in violation of the Constitution.”
Unfortunately, Congress is protected from legal ramifications for their official actions, so they are immune from being prosecuted for breaking the law or acting in an unconstitutional manner.
“But the only sanction is to vote them out of office and to bring them to trial in the court of public opinion,” Dershowitz told Newsmax host Carl Higbie.
“Senators and congressmen are immune from lawsuits for what they do or say on the floor of the Senate so there can’t be any personal lawsuits. And I wouldn’t favor recriminations.”
Dershowitz said that ultimately impeachment should die in the Senate. And despite a few RINO’s in that chamber, such as Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and maybe Susan Collins (R-ME), it doesn’t appear that Democrats would be able to secure 67 votes to impeach the former president.
Dershowitz, who was on Trump’s defense team during his first impeachment was clear that he believes the action by House Democrats and the few RINO Republicans is a fool’s errand.
“The Constitution is very clear; the purpose of impeachment is removal.”
He added that since Trump is now out of office before any such “trial” could be held, he cited former President Richard Nixon, who was impeached by the House however resigned before a Senate trial.
“The Senate cannot try an ordinary citizen.”
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