Legal Expert Attacked By The Left For Defending Trump At The Impeachment Hearing
George Washington Law Professor Jonathan Turley was called in to be a legal expert at the Trump Impeachment Hearing. He was alone in his opinion that there was not enough evidence to impeach the president and for that the Dems are angry. He made them look rash and emotional by calmly explaining that they didn’t have a case. So, of course, the Dems lashed out sending hateful messages to his office and home, and some even demanded he be fired from his job.
He wrote about it.
“The most dangerous place for an academic is often between the House and the impeachment of an American president. I knew that going into the first hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on the impeachment of Donald Trump. After all, Alexander Hamilton that impeachment would often occur in an environment of “agitated passions.” Yet I remained a tad naive in hoping that an academic discussion on the history and standards of it might offer a brief hiatus from hateful rhetoric on both sides.
In my testimony Wednesday, I lamented that, as in the impeachment of President Clinton from 1998 to 1999, there is an intense “rancor and rage” and “stifling intolerance” that blinds people to opposing views. My call for greater civility and dialogue may have been the least successful argument I made to the committee. Before I finished my testimony, my home and office were inundated with threatening messages and demands that I be fired from George Washington University for arguing that, while a case for impeachment can be made, it has not been made on this record.
Some of the most heated attacks came from Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee. Representative Eric Swalwell of California attacked me for defending my client, Judge Thomas Porteous, in the last impeachment trial and noted that I lost that case. Swalwell pointed out that I said Porteous had not been charged with a crime for any conduct, which is an obviously material point for any impeachment defense.
Not all Democrats supported such scorched earth tactics. One senior Democrat on the committee apologized to me afterward for the attack from Swalwell. Yet many others relished seeing my representations of an accused federal judge being used to attack my credibility, even as they claimed to defend the rule of law. Indeed, Rachel Maddow lambasted me on MSNBC for defending the judge, who was accused but never charged with taking bribes, and referring to him as a “moocher” for the allegations that he accepted free lunches and whether such gratuities, which were not barred at the time, would constitute impeachable offenses.”
Where is the civility? He even admitted he is not a Trump fan. Turley simply said that there is not enough evidence here and Dems were triggered. If you listen to his opening he is just concerned for the future and doesn’t feel The House should set such a dangerous precedent. The Dems practically proved his point with all of their hateful messages, this impeachment seems to be about emotion, not facts.
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