To the editor: The Wednesday, Dec. 4, public Judiciary Committee hearing featured three academic law professors chosen by Democrats and one by Republicans giving their views on Trump’s impeachment. As an academic, I found this debate refreshing and a great history lesson, particularly on the Johnson impeachment.
Based on the Schiff/Pelosi/Nadler presupposition that Trump colluded with the Russians to game the 2016 election and is proceeding in Ukraine to do the same in 2020, the Democratic professors stated Donald Trump should be impeached. However, Jonathan Turley provided an extensive scholarly analysis rejecting the current rushed impeachment inquiry, arguing that it has yielded insufficient evidence to prove any impeachable offenses.
As any academic worth his salt knows, there are indeed two sides to every argument. This principle that academics take for granted is essentially different from the Weltanschauung of the Democrats and liberal press who have argued before the partisan Schiff investigation even started that Trump should be impeached to preserve the Constitution. By this standard, many of us feel the Democrats are, as the Republican chosen professor Johnathan Turley opined, “Proceeding with a paucity of evidence together with an abundance of anger.”
This was almost comically displayed in a Pelosi meltdown on Thursday when she responded to a reporter’s question as to whether she hated Trump. She returned to the lectern and sternly stated, “I am a Catholic and don’t hate anyone, ... I am simply defending the Constitution, ... so don’t mess with me,” and stomped off. She has now stated that we must bring articles of impeachment to the floor immediately to prevent Trump from gaming the next election.
However, there is still a faint hope that moderate Democrats from Trump-won districts may take their oath of office to represent their constituents seriously and vote not to impeach on grounds of insufficient evidence. One can still hope for such a miracle in the Advent season.
As for presidential candidates, recent Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania polls suggest that Trump voters disillusioned before this impeachment-mania may now well sit out the 2020 election due to what they regard as a frivolous impeachment.