Democrat Witness: Evidence Of Crime Not Needed To Impeach Trump

Democrat Witness: Evidence Of Crime Not Needed To Impeach Trump

One of the Democrats’ witnesses slated to testify before the House on Wednesday as part of the latest partisan impeachment proceedings argued more than two years ago that President Donald Trump could be impeached even without evidence of a crime.

Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman, who claims to specialize in constitutional studies, told The New Yorker in an article published in May 2017 that Congress could vote to impeach the president without evidence justifying a “high crime and misdemeanor” constitutionally required for presidential impeachment and removal.

The New Yorker article says:

Noah Feldman, a Harvard Law School professor who specializes in constitutional studies, argues that, even without evidence of an indictable crime, the Administration’s pattern of seemingly trivial uses of public office for private gain ‘can add up to an impeachable offense.’

Feldman is set to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to kick off phase two of the latest campaign to undo the results of the 2016 election.

Feldman will appear alongside Pamela Karlan from Stanford Law School, Michael Gerhardt from the University of North Carolina Law School, and Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School to offer their legal opinions to the House Intelligence Committee on whether Trump committed an impeachable offense.

The latest conspiracy theory Democrats have come up with to oust the Republican president features Trump allegedly conspiring with the Ukrainian president to investigate political opponents at home in exchange for U.S. military aid. The charges have centered on a July phone call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, an unredacted transcript of which has been declassified and released to the public.

The transcript reveals no quid pro quo, and instead reveals an American president urging the Ukrainian leader to weed out corruption in its government, includes potential corruption related to the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, and to investigate the roots of Ukraine’s involvement in peddling the grand Russian collusion hoax that did irreparable harm to the United States.

Nevertheless, Democrats have rushed forward with impeachment proceedings based on the call, first with secret hearings held in the basement of the Capitol followed by the two weeks of public hearings that did nothing but exonerate the president.

In turn, public support for impeachment has not risen as Democrats had hoped, but plummeted, dashing hopes of galvanizing enough voters to apply pressure on Republican senators to vote to remove the president from office as a consequence of unsubstantiated claims.

Tristan Justice is a staff writer at The Federalist focusing on the 2020 presidential campaigns. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at [email protected]
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