A group of 21 attorneys general have issued a joint statement scathingly rebuking the impeachment of President Donald Trump in a letter submitted to the Senate Wednesday morning.
The AGs urge Senators to “reject” the impeachment articles and assert that it “establishes a dangerous historical precedent.”
The epistle, which was obtained exclusively by Fox News, reads in part that “If not expressly repudiated by the Senate, the theories animating both Articles will set a precedent that is entirely contrary to the Framers’ design and ruinous to the most important governmental structure protections contained in our Constitution: the separation of powers.”
Fox notes the GOP letter was signed by the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.
The House Democrats are also accused of conducting a purely politically-driven impeachment, warning that the proceedings also pose a threat to our elections in 2020.
“Even an unsuccessful effort to impeach the President undermines the integrity of the 2020 presidential election because it weaponizes a process that should only be initiated in exceedingly rare circumstances and should never be used for partisan purposes,” the letter continues.
The AGs also took issue with the articles of impeachment themselves; obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. The latter they declare is “is based upon a constitutionally-flawed theory” that is “infinitely expansive and subjective.”
“It cannot be a legitimate basis to impeach a President for acting in a legal manner that may also be politically advantageous,” they continued. “Such a standard would be cause for the impeachment of virtually every President, past, present, and future.”
Meanwhile, the AGs say to the charge of obstruction of Congress, this is “equally flawed.” They assert that the House’s theory is that the president can be impeached for invoking executive privilege, which would render such a privilege “meaningless” as it would place it “under unilateral control of the House,” they explain.
The letter comes as impeachment proceedings continue in the Senate Wednesday, with House Democrats slamming Senate Republicans for ignoring calls for witnesses.
“It’s embarrassing,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said Tuesday. “The president is on trial in the Senate, but the Senate is on trial in the eyes of the American people. Will you vote to allow all the relevant evidence to be presented here? Or will you betray your pledge to be an impartial juror? … Will you permit us to present you with the entire record of the president’s misconduct? Or will you instead choose to be complicit in the president’s coverup? So far I’m sad to say I see a lot of senators voting for a coverup, voting to deny witnesses, an absolutely indefensible vote, obviously a treacherous vote.”