A Malicious Indictment Mitch Should Toss Out

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About the impeachment of President Donald Trump she engineered with her Democratic majority, Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday: “It’s not personal. It’s not political. It’s not partisan. It’s patriotic.”

Seriously, Madam Speaker? Not political? Not partisan?

Why then were all eight House members chosen as managers to prosecute the case against Trump, who ceremoniously escorted the articles across the Capitol, all Democrats? Why did the articles of impeachment receive not a single Republican vote on the House floor?

The truth: The impeachment of Donald Trump is the fruit of a malicious prosecution whose roots go back to the 2016 election, in the aftermath of which stunned liberals and Democrats began to plot the removal of the new president.

This coup has been in the works for three years.

First came the crazed charges of Trump's criminal collusion with Vladimir Putin to hack the emails of the DNC and the Clinton campaign and funnel them to WikiLeaks.

For two years, we heard the cries of "Treason!" from Pelosi's caucus. And despite the Mueller investigation's exoneration of Trump of all charges of conspiracy with Russia, we still hear the echoes: Trump is Putin's poodle. Trump is an asset of the Kremlin.

All we want, and what the American people deserve, is a "fair trial," Democrats and their media collaborators now insist. But can a fair trial proceed from a manifestly deficient and malicious prosecution?

Consider. In this impeachment, we are told, the House serves as the grand jury, and Adam Schiff's Intelligence Committee and Jerry Nadler's Judiciary Committee serve as the investigators and prosecutors.

But the articles of impeachment on which the Judiciary Committee and the House voted do not contain a single crime required by the Constitution for impeachment and removal. There is no charge of treason, no charge of bribery or "other high crimes and misdemeanors."

So weak is the case for impeachment that the elite in this city is demanding that the Senate do the work the House failed to do.

The Senate must subpoena the documents and witnesses the House failed to produce, to make the case for impeachment more persuasive than it is now.

Not our job, rightly answers Mitch McConnell. The Senate is supposed to be an "impartial jury."

But while there is a debate over whether Republicans will vote to call witnesses, there is no debate on how the Senate Democrats intend to vote -- 100% for removal of a president they fear they may not be able to defeat.

Consider Trump's alleged offense: pressing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Burisma Holdings and Hunter Biden.

Assume Zelenskiy, without prodding, sent to the U.S., as a friendly act to ingratiate himself with Trump, the Burisma file on Hunter Biden.
Would that have been a crime?

Why is it then a crime if Trump asked for the file?

The military aid Trump held up for 10 weeks -- lethal aid Barack Obama denied to Kyiv -- was sent. And Zelenskiy never held the press conference requested, never investigated Burisma, never sent the Biden file.

There is a reason why no crime was charged in the impeachment of Donald Trump. There was no crime committed.

Not political, said Pelosi. Why then did she hold up sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a month, after she said it was so urgent that Trump be impeached that Schiff and Nadler could not wait for their subpoenas to be ruled upon by the Supreme Court?

Pelosi is demanding that the Senate get the documents, subpoena and hear the witnesses, and do the investigative work Schiff and Nadler failed to do.

Does that not constitute an admission that a convincing case was not made? Are not the articles voted by the House inherently deficient if the Senate has to have more evidence than the House prosecutors could produce to convict the president of "abuse of power"?

Can we really have a fair trial in the Senate, when half of the jury, the Democratic caucus, is as reliably expected to vote to remove the president as Republicans are to acquit him? What kind of fair trial is it when we can predict the final vote before the court hears the evidence?

It is ridiculous to deny that this impeachment is partisan, political and personal. It reeks of politics, partisanship and Trump-hatred.

As for patriotic, that depends on where you stand -- or sit.

But the forum to be entrusted with the decision of "should Trump go?" is not a deeply polarized Senate, but with those the Founding Fathers entrusted with such decisions -- the American people.

In most U.S. courts, a prosecution case this inadequate, with prosecutors asking the court itself to get more documents and call more witnesses, and so visibly contaminated with malice toward the accused, would be dismissed outright.
Mitch McConnell should let the House managers make their case, and then call for a vote to dismiss, and treat this indictment with the contempt it so richly deserves.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever." 

22 thoughts on “A Malicious Indictment Mitch Should Toss Out”

  1. There is one element in this impeachment fiasco that few ever provide but is of utmost importance. The Nixon and Clinton impeachments were based on real crimes coming from an impartial special counsel investigation, presenting the facts to a Grand Jury, and getting indictments that a felony had occurred. The Special Prosecutor/Counsel then present the evidence and indictment to the Congress which THEN decided to hold impeachment hearings.

    The Pelosi/Shiff/Nadler gang had none of this and never asked for a special prosecutor.They held nothing more than a kangaroo court and inquisition predetermined from the first day of election after their previous attempt with the fake idossier failed before the election.

    He is correct. Provide no approval of what they have done from before the election and summarily dismiss the charges as insufficient, fails to produce an impeachable crime, and devised in secrecy and denial of judicial standards for self-defense by the accused. Let them squeal and scream as Mitch provide a half-hour condemnation of the Democrats in their attempt to pervert justice in America to overthrow an duly elected president.

    1. I completely agree with your comments. The democrats have been on a witch hunt ever since President Trump was elected. These democrats should be voted out of office at the very least. Personally I would like to see them all charged with treason against our country.

    1. Those who can’t stand with the president & the senate with this impeachment farce will be voted out of office! If you can’t stand with us on this, then you must be a Traitor demonrat!

        1. Guilty of what? Not letting Hillary win the election? You can’t just say someone is guilty unless you can prove guilt on something other than I don’t like the person.

        2. Andre Stephenson: One big problem-neither of the charges brought against POTUS Trump is AGAINST the Constitution; and, no real proof was brought against him, merely “I heard from somebody, or I heard 3rd or 4th hand. He was found guilty in the House for pure HATE, hate which is destroying America & the world. What America gets if Dems get total control will be what you & we will get. . . . and neither you nor we will like it. And, the USA will become another dictatorship. You will not get anything free; you & the rest of our nation will get nothing but will be slaves of who ever becomes the DICTATOR. I write this with no political hate, just someone who has lived & served in the military through 2 great wars. God save America & voters who will not study & learn what they are wishing & voting for.

  2. The weakest defense of President Trump is that this is some sort of attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election. This impeachment is NOT about the 2016 election and it’s NOT about the 2020 election. It’s about Trump’s 2019 crime against the Constitution of the United States! The reason the “overturn 2016 election” is the weakest defense possible is because if it was allowed to stick, there would NEVER ever be an impeachment! God, you guys are dumb!

    1. Us guys are dumb? Do tell us what crime President Trump did against the Constitution? I think you better sit in the corner with your dunce hat on until you can come up with a legitimate crime.

    2. You watch too much FAKE news. Do some research and try to prove to yourself after studying the Constitution that Trump is guilty. It’s impossible to be a Democrat and a real AMERICAN. Have a nice day and do the research, PLEASE.

  3. Oh No! Let’s proceed on and show the world the level of corruption/incompetence of the left and how they validate the lessons learned provided below.

    The road to true freedom though an old one is built on solid rock! Before we depart down that road let’s thank all of those in the political class, the bureaucracy, the media, and academia for inspiring us to follow Donald J. Trump in his battle to return each of them to their Constitutional roles as our servants versus our rulers; and for validating the lessons learned presented below! Soldier/Cop/Grunt, Retired

    Rape, Pillage,Plunder; America, You’ve Been Had!

    How much more before you stand up to those who have made the following lessons learned facts?

    1. The American people are the most effectively lied to people in modern times thanks primarily to the American political class, the American bureaucracy, the American media, and American academia.

    2. Arrogance coupled with ignorance equals stupidity.

    3. The greatest threats to the American people are the corrupt and/or incompetent politicians/bureaucrats/academicians found at every level of government/academia, and the majority of the American so-called media.

    4. Most of the politicians/bureaucrats/academicians I have encountered during my years as a soldier/cop I most kindly refer to as; self-serving, witless, cowards.

    5. The American Profession of Arms and our brothers/sisters in blue have failed to protect the American people from all of their enemies, both foreign and most especially domestic.

    Soldier/Cop/Grunt, Retired

    PS These lessons learned were first presented to a gathering of Americans in 1989. The only positive change to the American political environment since then has been the arrival of one, Donald J. Trump! Since D.J. Trump took office I have added two more lessons learned thanks to the overall behavior of the parties highlighted in lessons learned 1-3 above. Seems approximately 25% of the American population has declared war on the rest of the nation!

    6. After carefully watching the whole of the political class since Donald J. Trump walked down that escalator in Trump Tower to date, I can say without reservation that most of the group will sell their souls and our bodies just to remain in power. (Added 2019)

    7. Want to see what the United States of America will look like if the left takes control of the government? Take your pick, New York City, Baltimore, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or the complete package; California. (Added 2019)

    1. Very well said… I hope Andre Stephenson of the above comments reads your comment because you hit the nail on the head. He wants President Trump impeached because he committed some crime, which he can’t state, against the Constitution.

  4. The people of California fell for the speaches of polititians including Nancy Palosi, Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein and governor Gavin Newsom. For the first time in its history, More people are leaving that state than are coming. Democrates distroy freedom wherever they go. Look an Chicago and NY. they are destructive to America.

  5. In addition to Trump, Pelosi is now beginning attacks on Pence………….She’s looking to remove both…………Guess who would then “steal” the Presidency?!

    Dems are GUILTY, with PROOF, of everything they have accused Trump of doing. SO ,WHY AREN’T THEY BEING CHARGED AS WE MOVE THROUGH THIS?

    “BENEDICT ARNOLD AWARDS” as follows:
    ….Pelosi……Shitff…….Nadler…………Comey (what was he doing on 9/11?)……….Biden & Son, sellout to Ukraine………….Clinton,sellout to Russia, Uranium…………Obama, sellout to Iran (talk about “quid pro quo”……………Clapper, Traitor………Mueller, what was he doing that allowed 9/11 to happen?………..ALL SOLD OUT TO FOREIGN ENTITIES!

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