Jonathan Turley 'Inundated with Threats' for Opposing Trump Impeachment
George Washington University law professor testified at impeachment hearing on Wednesday
Jonathan Turley, the Republicans sole witness at Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing, says he's been "inundated with threatening messages" after his testimony opposing Trump's impeachment.
Turley, a law professor from George Washington University, testified on behalf of the Republicans at Wednesday's impeachment hearing, arguing against impeaching President Donald Trump.
Since providing his expert testimony, however, Turley says he's already fallen victim to threats.
"My call for greater civility and dialogue may have been the least successful argument I made to the committee," Turley said in a Thursday Twitter post.
"Before I finished my testimony, my home and office were inundated with threatening messages and demands that I be fired from GW."
Turley had appeared as the GOP's only witness during the first Judiciary impeachment-related hearing.
During his testimony, Turley told the committee that he didn't vote for President Trump and was speaking without bias.
The law professor appeared alongside three other legal scholars with opposing views Wednesday and warned that Democrats would be ill-advised to rush to a vote on impeachment articles.
Turley explained that Democrats do not have a complete record of witness testimonies and supporting evidence to prove that Trump abused his power to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The legal expert argued that there's no evidence to support allegations that Trump pressured Ukraine to open an investigation into 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden's business dealings there in exchange for military aid.
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 GW. https://t.co/X3wsqPTZBj— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) December 5, 2019
"My objection is not that you cannot impeach Trump for abuse of power but that this record is comparably thin compared to past impeachments and contains conflicts, contradictions, and gaps, including various witnesses not subpoenaed," Turley said.
"I suggested that Democrats drop the arbitrary schedule of a vote by the end of December and complete their case and this record before voting on any articles of impeachment," he added.
"In my view, they have not proven abuse of power in this incomplete record."
"I remain concerned that we are lowering impeachment standards to fit a paucity of evidence and an abundance of anger," Turley said.
Wednesday's hearings evoked fiery comments from both sides of the aisle.
Republican lawmakers decried the impeachment proceedings as a sham.
Testimony by Democratic witness and Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan derailed the Democrats' efforts to expose alleged abuse of power by the president after she made comments that mocked President Trump's youngest son, 13-year-old Barron.
It also later emerged that Karlan once declared that she regularly "crossed the street" to avoid walking past Trump's hotel in Washington DC because she "couldn't stomach" the slim chance she might bump into him outside.
Turley called out Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) for his "heated attacks" after the Democrat tried to use the professor's prior record as the attorney for Judge Thomas Porteous against him.
Porteous was impeached and removed from office in December 2010.
He also blasted the negative news coverage of his testimony, writing that MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank "attack[ed] my credibility."
"There is an intense 'rancor and rage' and 'stifling intolerance' that blinds people to opposing views," Turley said.
"My call for greater civility and dialogue may have been the least successful argument I made to the committee."