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The Most Corrupt, Partisan, Vindictive, Unjust Impeachment In American History

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Our friend Jenny Beth Martin, Honorary Chairman of Tea Party Patriots Action released a statement in response to the Democrats filing two articles of impeachment against President Trump that put this outrage in perfect historical perspective.

The Democrats’ decision to issue articles of impeachment against President Trump for ‘obstruction of Congress’ and ‘abuse of power’ is an unprecedented and dangerous attack on the separation of powers and executive privilege, said Ms. Martin.

Based on apparent Democrat standards of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ nearly every previous American president could have been impeached and removed from office, beginning with George Washington:

Washington could have been impeached for ‘obstruction of Congress’ for denying Congress records of the Jay Treaty negotiation, which he refused, citing executive privilege.

Jefferson could have been impeached for ‘abuse of power’ for accepting support from the French Ambassador in the presidential election of 1796, while supporting a Treaty with Paris against the wishes of President Washington.

Lincoln could have been impeached for ‘abuse of power’ for the offering of cabinet positions in exchange for support at the 1860 Republican National Convention, for suspending habeas corpus, and for using the US military to restrict the newspapers published by political opponents.

Lyndon Johnson could have been impeached for ‘abuse of power’ for using the FBI and CIA to spy on political opponents, specifically bugging Barry Goldwater's campaign plane, and for using CIA Director William Colby to prepare campaign material.

Barack Obama could have been impeached for ‘abuse of power’ for weaponizing the IRS, which investigated conservative organizations that opposed many of his policies, and for ‘obstruction of congress’ for allowing his attorney general, Eric Holder, to withhold testimony and document production in the Fast and the Furious case.

Ms. Martin’s point – that what Democrats are using as a basis for impeachment is the exercise of perfectly legal and traditional presidential power – is a sound one that conservatives should use at every opportunity to rebut this outrageous attempt to undo the 2016 election.

But there’s another aspect to the Democrats’ impeachment of President Trump that should outrage every thinking American – its complete lack of a basis in fact, and the Democrats’ manipulation of the record to justify their power grab.

This manipulation of the record and evidence is what Prof. Jonathan Turley warned against in testimony last Wednesday when he testified, “In the current case, the record is facially insufficient. The problem is not simply that the record does not contain direct evidence of the President stating a quid pro quo, as Chairman Schiff has suggested. The problem is that the House has not bothered to subpoena the key witnesses who would have such direct knowledge. This alone sets a dangerous precedent. A House in the future could avoid countervailing evidence by simply relying on tailored records with testimony from people who offer damning presumptions or speculation.”

Why is even the tailored record Democrats have produced “facially insufficient” as Prof. Turley termed it?

Simple – Democrats have failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing by the President:

President Trump and President Zelensky have made clear that there was no pressure.

There is no evidence that President Trump pressured Ukraine to initiate investigations to impact the 2020 election.  

There is no evidence that the President withheld aid or a meeting to pressure Ukraine to investigate Burisma, the Bidens, or the 2016 election.

The President has been extremely transparent, even releasing the transcript of the call upon which the Democrats have based their impeachment narrative.

So, where does that leave Democrats?

The Democrats’ entire impeachment sham relies on speculation and second, third, and fourth-hand accounts that fail to demonstrate any wrongdoing by President Trump.

House Democrats based their calls for impeachment on assumptions, presumptions, and speculation from witnesses who had no interaction with the President.

None of the witnesses had any firsthand knowledge or evidence of wrongdoing by the President.

Most of their witnesses never spoke with President Trump or weren’t even involved in the events at hand.

Only two people actually asked the President about this – Gordon Sondland and Sen. Ron Johnson, and the President told both of them he was not seeking any quid pro quo.

Bottom line: In order to tailor the record to justify their impeachment narrative, Democrats have constructed an impeachment narrative based on lying, leaking, and misleading the American people to advance their political agenda.

As we noted last week in our column “What Impeachment Tells Us A Democrat-Controlled America Would Look Like” Americans should take the impeachment of President Trump as a strong indicator of what justice in America will look like if Democrats ever regain control of our government and make sure that never ever happens.

We urge CHQ readers and friends of whatever political stripe to call their Representative, the toll-free Capitol Switchboard number (1-866-220-0044), tell him or her that Americans of all political views are outraged at the House Democrats attempt to impeach President Trump and demand they vote NO when Democrats bring articles of impeachment to the floor for a vote.

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