For nearly a week now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has withheld articles of impeachment, refusing to enlist managers until she sees that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell provides a “fair trial” in the Senate.
However, Breitbart’s Joel Pollack believes this explicitly violates the Sixth Amendment, which states: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial.”
The emphasis is on “In all criminal prosecutions…” — and that’s exactly what the impeachment case is, a criminal prosecution waged by Democrats against President Donald Trump.
Here’s an excerpt from Pollack’s column:
“On Monday, the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that they want to compel the testimony of former White House counsel Don McGahn, in the hope of filing additional articles of impeachment related to the “Russia collusion” investigation.
“The Department of Justice says the issue is moot, arguing that any decision on McGahn’s testimony would be prejudicial to the president’s trial in the Senate, since Trump has been accused of “obstruction of Congress” merely for resisting subpoenas of senior White House officials like McGahn.
“The Judiciary Committee’s case is, arguably, undermined by its own impeachment report, in which it referred to McGahn’s possible testimony as relevant to “these articles of impeachment” (emphasis added). It added that it intended to continue investigating, but not with regard to impeaching Trump.
“Now, Pelosi and the Democrats want to change the rules. They want to hold impeachment over the president’s head before they have come to a final decision about what they will be impeaching him for — a Kafka-esque scenario in which the accused must wait for judicial process until guilt is found.
“The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution explicitly states: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial.” Impeachment is not a criminal proceeding, but it would be difficult to argue that the president enjoys fewer rights than an ordinary criminal defendant.”
Currently, it is unclear just how long Pelosi is willing to withhold the articles of impeachment from the Senate. However, the longer she does, the more difficult it will be for Democrats in the Senate trial to convince the American people that the impeachment isn’t a partisan “witch hunt,” as Trump would say.
Additionally, it doesn’t help that no Republican in the House supported the impeachment and two Democrats voted against it.
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