House Judiciary Release 76-Page Impeachment Report
Given the ‘horrific’ nature of the deeds that President Trump is accused of, we are, quite frankly, a little surprised that the impeachment report from the House Judiciary Committee is only 76 pages long.
The wordy tome describes a series of events that beggar belief when one considers that, as Jonathan Turley noted previously noted,
Despite widespread, justified condemnation of his words, Trump never actually called for violence or a riot. Rather, he urged his supporters to march on the Capitol to express opposition to the certification of electoral votes and to support the challenges being made by some members of Congress. He expressly told his followers “to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
Democrats are pushing this dangerously vague standard while objecting to their own statements being given incriminating meaning by critics. For example, conservatives have pointed to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) calling for people to confront Republican leaders in restaurants; Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) insisted during 2020’s violent protests that “there needs to be unrest in the streets,” while then-Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said “protesters should not let up” even as many protests were turning violent. They can all legitimately argue that their rhetoric was not meant to be a call for violence, but this is a standard fraught with subjectivity.
However, the ominous Report concludes:
In the words of Vice President Pence, the “Presidency belongs to the American people, and to them alone.”
President Trump has falsely asserted he won the 2020 presidential election and repeatedly sought to overturn the results of the election. As his efforts failed again and again, President Trump continued a parallel course of conduct that foreseeably resulted in the imminent lawless actions of his supporters, who attacked the Capitol and the Congress.
This course of conduct, viewed within the context of his past actions and other attempts to subvert the presidential election, demonstrate that President Trump remains a clear and present danger to the Constitution and our democracy.
The House must reject this outrageous attempt to overturn the election and this incitement of violence by a sitting president against his own government. President Trump committed a high Crime and Misdemeanor against the Nation by inciting an insurrection at the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential Election.
The facts establish that he is unfit to remain in office a single day longer, and warrant the immediate impeachment of President Trump.
The concern is that this impeachment will not only create precedent for an expedited pathway of “snap impeachments” but allow future Congresses to impeach presidents for actions of their supporters.
Democrats are seeking to remove Trump on the basis of his speech to supporters before the Jan. 6 rioting at the U.S. Capitol. Like many, I condemned that speech as it was still being given, calling it reckless and wrong. I also opposed the challenges to electoral votes in Congress. However, Trump’s speech does not meet the definition of incitement under the U.S. criminal code. Indeed, it would be considered protected speech by the Supreme Court.
The damage caused by this week’s rioting was enormous – but it will pale in comparison to the damage from a new precedent of a “snap impeachment” for speech protected under the First Amendment. It is the very danger that the Framers sought to avoid in crafting the impeachment standard. In a process meant to require deliberative, not impulsive, judgments, the very reference to a “snap impeachment” is a contradiction in constitutional terms. In this new system, guilt is not to be doubted and innocence is not to be deliberated. It would do to the Constitution what the rioters did to the Capitol: Leave it in tatters.
The House is expected to vote on the impeachment charges tomorrow.
A U.S. law enforcement official confirms to CBS News that the FBI warned of the threat of a “war” on Capitol Hill before last week’s deadly attack. CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge joins “Red and Blue” anchor Elaine Quijano with the latest details.
After stealing the 2020 election with the greatest heist in world history, Joe Biden, who likely didn’t receive 60 million valid votes to President Trump’s 74 million votes, wants to unite the country. He announced today that the theme for his inauguration per the is ‘America United‘.
Let’s just all forgive and forget. They’ll steal your election, call you a racist, call you a liar for saying the election was stolen, steal your vote, impeach your President, put him under constant coup attempts and legal attacks, call your President a racist, censor you, remove your freedom of speech, force racist BLM down your throat, steal two Georgia Senate seats…. but hey, let’s all move on… no big deal man.
Biden already announced that he is holding a zoom call for his inauguration in place of his famous circles:
It’s unknown how many children will be at Biden’s inauguration:
We also don’t know if Corn Pop has moved on enough to be there:
What we do know is that this freak show is just beginning.
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton, a prominent NeoCon who became a harsh critic of President Trump after leaving his administration, has called on the GOP to purge the “taint” of Trumpism from the party.
“There has to be a serious conversation in the Republican Party about how to remove the taint of what Trump has done, how to repair the damage,” he said during an interview with MSNBC’s Katy Tur.
“And while I think the damage is considerable, I think it can be repaired, and it should be repaired. And it should be — from the purely limited perspective of the party, it should be the highest priority going forward.”
To accomplish this goal, Bolton called on the Republican Party’s establishment to exercise more control over the candidate nomination process, ensuring the candidate ultimately nominated has “real character” and “a real philosophy, as opposed to people like Donald Trump.”
Bolton’s suggestion that the Republican Party should nominate candidates that hold ideological views counter to President Trump is interesting given almost 72 percent of Republican voters believe the party should be more like Trump as opposed to the average Republican member of Congress.
President Donald Trump joined by former WH National Security Advisor Ambassador John Bolton participate in a meet and greet with active duty U.S. Service Members stationed in the United Kingdom June 5, 2019 (White House/Flickr)
Despite President Trump having won more votes than any Republican presidential candidate in history, Bolton argued Trump’s presidency was “an aberration in American politics” and suggested those Republicans who objected to the certification of the Electoral College “should be held accountable.”
“I think individual Republicans are going to have to make decisions whether they support individuals who have participated in this effort to stop the election from being certified. And I think there’s a lot that remains to be seen from their behavior,” he declared.
Trump recently criticized Bolton on Twitter after Bolton highlighted media reports claiming Trump was considering a declaration of martial law to stay in office, calling Bolton “one of the dumbest people in Washington.”
The Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff have denounced the riot on Capitol Hill as a “direct assault” on the Constitution, deeming it an “insurrection” while calling on the military to remain “ready” as Inauguration Day draws near.
The country’s top military leaders issued a letter on Tuesday blasting the violent disturbance that shook the nation’s capital last week, a rare reproach from the Joint Chiefs, who seldom wade into domestic political matters in the public sphere.
“The violent riot in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021 was a direct assault on the US Congress, the Capitol building, and our Constitutional process,” the letter reads.
We witnessed actions inside the Capitol building that were inconsistent with the rule of law. The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff, the leaders of each branch of the U.S. military, weigh in on the insurrection at the Capitol in this new memo: pic.twitter.com/4tiBwgs99h
The Joint Chiefs – an advisory body that includes the top uniformed officials in each branch of the military – called on service members deployed overseas and in the country to “stay ready, keep your eyes on the horizon, and remain focused on the mission” as Inauguration Day approaches, insisting that on January 20, “President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated and will become our 46th Commander in Chief.”
“As Service Members, we must embody the values and ideas of the Nation. We support and defend the Constitution,” they said, adding “Any act to disrupt the Constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values, and oath; it is against the law,”
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The letter also noted those who lost their lives amid the chaos in the Capitol last Wednesday, in which a crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump forced its way into the building as Congress convened to certify the 2020 election results, prompting an evacuation of lawmakers and staff.
“We mourn the deaths of the two Capitol policemen and others connected to these unprecedented events,” the letter continued, referring to an officer who reportedly died after being bashed in the head with a fire extinguisher during the riot, and another who took his own life days after the incident. Another woman was fatally shot by police inside the Capitol, while three others perished due to “medical emergencies,” one of whom suffered a heart attack.
While Trump and his backers have repeatedly charged endemic fraud in the 2020 race, the president has taken a more conciliatory tone after last Wednesday’s riot, saying his main focus will be to oversee an “orderly” and “seamless” transition to a Biden administration in the final days of his presidency. Nonetheless, Big Tech companies have moved aggressively to expel Trump and his supporters from their platforms since the unrest erupted in DC, while Democratic lawmakers have renewed discussions of impeachment, claiming the president incited an “insurrection.”