Nadler's Impeachment Case Destroyed By Key Witness: 'Dangerous, Woefully Inadequate'
Jonathan Turley testifies in impeachment hearing
A key witness was called into the impeachment inquiry today that seemingly put a spanner in the works for the Democrats.
Jonathan Turley, who is a constitutional scholar well respected on both sides of the aisle, testified that the current legal case for impeaching President Donald Trump is “woefully inadequate” and “dangerous."
“One can oppose President Trump’s policies or actions but still conclude that the current legal case for impeachment is not just woefully inadequate, but in some respects, dangerous, as the basis for the impeachment of an American president,” Turley wrote.
“The reference to the Hunter Biden deal with Burisma should never have occurred and is worthy of the criticism of President Trump that it has unleashed.
However, it is not a case of bribery.”
“If Trump honestly believed that there was a corrupt arrangement with Hunter Biden that was not fully investigated by the Obama administration, the request for an investigation is not corrupt, notwithstanding its inappropriateness.”
The hearing is placed to set the stage for the next phase of the House impeachment inquiry into Trump.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., last week announced the hearing, which he said would determine whether the president’s actions reach a level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” and warrant articles of impeachment.
Kellyanne Conway’s Offer To Testify At Impeachment Hearing Means Democrats Are Going To Have To Put Up Or Shut Up— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) December 2, 2019
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House Speaker #NancyPelosi (D-CA) reportedly kicked out staff before ordering members to check their phones ahead of a caucus meeting so she could have a “candid” discussion on the #impeachment inquiry with #Democrat members.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) December 4, 2019
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White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a letter to Nadler on Sunday:
"This baseless and highly partisan inquiry violates all past historical precedent, basic due process, rights, and fundamental fairness."
Last week, Nadler set a deadline for Trump to declare whether his attorneys will take part in upcoming impeachment hearings, which the House Judiciary Committee chairman says includes allegations of "Russia collusion."
Nadler reportedly issued the same December 6 deadline to President Trump’s attorneys and House Republicans to introduce new evidence or call further witnesses.
"The Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee, which is due to begin weighing possible articles of impeachment against Trump next week, sent a two-page letter to the president setting a deadline of 5 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT) on Dec. 6 for the president’s counsel to specify intended actions under the committee’s impeachment procedures," Reuters reported late Friday.