Democrats Pack Judiciary Impeachment Hearing with Anti-Trump Activists
House Judiciary Dems using 'resistance' lawyers and witnesses for first hearing
As the first House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing got underway on Wednesday, Democrats opted to pack out the proceedings with hardcore anti-Trump "resistance" activists.
Judiciary Dems drafted in an anti-Trump lawyer to question witnesses during the hearing.
Democrats on the committee, led by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), selected former Obama Administration attorney Norm Eisen on Tuesday to lead the questioning of witnesses.
Eisen was reportedly over Barry Berke, who was expected to be used.
Eisen served in former President Obama's administration before joining the Brookings Institution.
He is also a co-founder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and a frequent CNN commentator.
Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio revealed the unexpected choice of Eisen on Tuesday.
Just in: Norm Eisen, not Barry Berke, will be questioning the witnesses at tomorrow’s Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing, per an official.— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) December 3, 2019
Eisen is a frequent Trump critic and member of the so-called “#Resistance,” accoridng to the Daily Caller.
He even floated impeachment on his Twitter account before Trump ever took office.
Love it! purchasing an inauguration package entitles you to a discounted stay in event if future impeachment proceedings ;-). https://t.co/V2uz7S43rn— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) December 11, 2016
The Democrats’ witness list also raises questions about potential bias against the president, as two out of the three witnesses they called are, in additional to being constitutional lawyers, Democratic donors.
Witness list for Wednesday's impeachment hearing is out. All law professors. Of the Dem majority's three witnesses, two are Democratic political donors. I see more than $10,000 from Karlan (to Hillary C., Barack O., Al Gore, John Kerry et al). Gerhardt, too, is an Obama donor. pic.twitter.com/zA6K7mXkYE— David Martosko (@dmartosko) December 2, 2019
The New York Times describes Karlan as a “legal leader to progressive causes,” pointing out that she is on the board of the “left-leaning” American Constitution Society and that she signed a letter in 2016 from constitutional law scholars expressing “concerns” about Trump’s rhetoric.
Gerhardt, meanwhile, worked on Al Gore’s Senate campaign and helped with Bill Clinton’s transition team.
The third Democratic witness, Noah Feldman, a Harvard Law professor, has called for a special counsel to investigate Rudy Giuliani’s actions in Ukraine and warned that Attorney General Bill Barr could become a “target” of the probe.
Republicans, meanwhile, chose George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley as their lone witness during Wednesday’s proceedings.