Impeachment

Trump’s harsh brief

Featured image President Trump filed his 110-page impeachment trial brief with the Senate today. The Wall Street Journal has linked to the brief in its article on it and also posted it online here. I have uploaded the document to Scribd and embedded it below. The trial brief was anticipated in Trump’s Answer to the impeachment articles filed in the Senate late last week. I posted the Answer in “Trump responds, harsh »

Trump responds, harsh brief to follow

Featured image President Trump has filed a short but sweet six-page Answer to the two articles of impeachment forwarded by the House to the Senate last week. I have embedded a PDF of the Answer below. Trump’s brief is to follow tomorrow. The House impeachment managers filed their 111-page brief last week. It is accessible online here. As Politico put it, the House brief “featured a slate of evidence that has emerged »

Impeachment a la mode

Featured image The Dems have no shame in pursuing a fraudulent case for impeachment fraudulently. No shame at all. I thought they had reached the limit in justifying their haste in the House proceedings by the alleged emergency presented by President Trump, and then sitting on the articles of impeachment for a month for some ulterior purpose. That was not the limit. After Speaker Nancy Pelosi proclaimed the solemn and prayerful nature »

The Parnas problem

Featured image New evidence from Lev Parnas has Democrats more insistent than ever that the Senate impeachment trial include testimony from witnesses who did not appear before the House. Parnas joins the ranks of John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney as key witnesses the Dems say they need testimony from. Even the Democrats can’t deny that Parnas is a problematic witness. He appears to be a crook with a motive to lie. However, »

More of the same, but less

Featured image According to Politico, the “bombshells” keep falling in the impeachment farce, this time courtesy of the indicted Lev Parnas. Bombshells “keep falling on my head/And just like the guy whose feet are too big for his bed/Nothing seems to fit.” How come all the things that Parnas asserts “had to happen” didn’t have to happen before the aid flowed? Oh, well. What we seem to have here, beginning with the »

Dershowitz for the defense

Featured image Today comes the news that President Trump is adding Judge Kenneth Starr and Professor Alan Dershowitz to his defense team in the Senate impeachment trial. Both men are greatly to be admired. Judge Starr is the distinguished former appellate judge, special prosecutor, and recent author of the excellent impeachment memoir Contempt. Professor Dershowitz is a man of high principle who has shed many old friends in his defense of free »

A gross engrossment

Featured image House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats celebrated the passage of impeachment articles against President Trump yesterday. Pelosi and the Democrats could barely contain themselves. Among the celebratory events was a ceremonial “engrossment” of the articles (video below). The engrossment — it was gross. Pelosi signed the articles at the engrossment as though the signing represented an epochal achievement along the lines of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with »

Does anybody really know what time it is?

Featured image Pelosi treated impeachment as a major accomplishment, yet it is a disgrace representing the cheapening and degradation of an awesome constitutional power. Pelosi’s remarks naming the House impeachment managers were weird beyond belief (video below). “Listen, my children, and you shall hear,” Pelosi’s deep thoughts on…time: This is a very important day for us. As you know I referenced temporal markers that our founders and our poets and others have »

Booker quits the race

Featured image Cory Booker has just announced that he is dropping out of the presidential race. He explained: I got in this race to win, and I’ve always said I wouldn’t continue if there was no longer a path to victory. Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win — money we don’t have, and money that is »

Pelosi unhinged

Featured image In the tweet below Dan Bongino concisely disposes of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unhinged take on the ongoing impeachment saga (embedded video). Those of us who avoid the Sunday morning gabfests missed this revealing glimpse into the mind of the Dems’ strategic genius and legislative mastermind. The video clip below puts me in mind of a variation of George Wallaces’s infamous vow of “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” In »

Why did Pelosi hold up the impeachment articles?

Featured image As John discussed below, Nancy Pelosi finally gave up her futile attempt to use the threat of not sending impeachment articles to the Senate as a means of forcing Mitch McConnell to give her a say in how the Senate will conduct the trial. Since McConnell isn’t exactly dying to hold a trial of President Trump, Pelosi’s gambit wasn’t just empty, it was ridiculous. She comes off looking silly. Why »

On To the Senate

Featured image Nancy Pelosi wrote today in a letter to House Democrats that she will finally appoint impeachment managers and send the Democrats’ articles of impeachment to the Senate. Apparently this will happen next week. I never understood why Pelosi delayed sending the articles to the Senate in the first place, so I can’t explain why she has changed her mind now. It seems obvious that the delay of several weeks has »

On impeachment, McConnell has a plan, and the votes

Featured image Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is ready to proceed with an impeachment proceeding as soon as Nancy Pelosi decides to refer the impeachment articles to the Senate. McConnell’s plan is to proceed in stages. First, the prosecution and the defense will make their presentations. Then, they will answer written questions from Senators. After that, if a party wants to call witnesses, the Senate will vote on whether to allow it. »

D.C. Circuit hears subpoena disputes between Trump and the House

Featured image Some of us who criticize the House’s second article of impeachment against Trump — alleged obstruction of justice based on refusing to produce documents and witnesses — argue that the remedy for the non-cooperation is to seek enforcement of subpoenas in court, not to impeach the president. However yesterday, as discussed below, the Trump Justice Department argued in court that the judiciary shouldn’t even consider enforcing House subpoenas because to »

Ron Johnson on shampeachment

Featured image In her weekly Wall Street Journal Potomac Watch column yesterday, Kim Strassel holds out the possibility that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has no intention of transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate “as long as Democrats can get away with it.” She calls the scenario she sketches “Pelosi’s rolling impeachment.” She asserts that “it’s not hard to imagine Mrs. Pelosi sitting on her impeachment articles through next fall’s election »

Democrats considering more impeachment articles to not prosecute

Featured image The impeachment farce (by which I mean the way impeachment is being handled) may be headed for new heights. Farce status was attained when Nancy Pelosi decided, for the time being at least, not to send the two articles of impeachment authorized by the House on to the Senate for prosecution. Pelosi’s rationale was astounding. The Senate needs to hear more evidence than the House bothered to collect to adjudicate »

Getting impeachment wrong

Featured image I’m a big fan of Yuval Levin, but I disagree with some of what writes in this post on “the Senate’s burden” regarding impeachment. Yuval quotes with approval this passage from Greg Weiner: Impeachment is a matter of prudence whose frame of reference should be civic health, not merely presidential conduct… It is not merely whether Trump is guilty but also whether the nation will be better off—now and in »