(Tea Party PAC) – Constitutional scholar and attorney Jonathan Turley is warning that the last-minute impeachment push against President Donald Trump sets a dangerous legal precedent.
And it’s one that progressive Democrats might want to consider.
He says that were the impeachment to be successful, it would mean that a president could then be held accountable for the actions of his supporters.
Too bad you can’t actually retrospectively impeach a president like the Democrats have been hoping, or we just might be able to aim such a move at Barack Obama for inciting the Black Lives Matter riots of 2015 and 16.
The Democrats have claimed to “have the votes” to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump as he appears geared to leave the White House next week.
This is in spite of widespread public distrust that the outcome of the 2020 was legitimate, a movement which has been now erroneously yet inexplicably linked to the violence on Capitol Hill last week.
President Trump called for his supporters to go to Washington D.C. to peacefully protest the certification of the Electoral College vote, to which over 150 members of both chambers planned to object that day.
Nonetheless, with just a little over a week left in office, the Democrats want to impeach Trump for “inciting an insurrectionist mob” during the events of January 6th.
The text of the resolution accuses the president of “willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States.”
Dude—Trump was the government of the United States that day and immediately denounced the violence and called on the National Guard to quell it.
He also firmly and distinctly told his supporters to go home and to do so peacefully—which the vast majority of them did promptly, having never actually resorted to violence in the first place, as countless videos of peaceful Trump protesters screaming at those breaching the building to “STOP!” can attest.
As Turley explained, Trump’s speech given ahead of the siege of Congress “does not meet the definition of incitement under the U.S. criminal code” and “would be considered protected speech by the Supreme Court.”
FINAL DRAFT of article of impeachment against President Trump, titled "Incitement of Insurrection."
The article is expected to be introduced Monday by Reps. Ciciline, Lieu, and Raskin, and has more than 200 Democratic co-sponsors. pic.twitter.com/DAZle1w59g
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 11, 2021
This could now act to normalize “snap impeachments,” to seriously undermine free speech, and to “create precedent for the impeachment of any president who can be blamed for the violent acts of others after the use of reckless or inflammatory language.”
“There was no call for lawless action by Trump. Instead, there was a call for a protest at the Capitol,” he explained.
He explained that “the vast majority of the tens of thousands of protesters present were not violent before the march, and most did not riot inside the Capitol,” indicating the violence was clearly not imminent.
We have seen plenty of violent riots over the past four years, he notes, including Trump’s 2017 inauguration, widely attended by violent, riotous leftists.
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