A Farce, a Hoax and a Witch Hunt

Jan 15, 2020

After a long and futile four-week delay, Speaker Nancy Pelosi today finally named House impeachment managers (who will function as prosecutors) and held the House vote to send impeachment articles against President Trump to the Senate. The trial starts next Tuesday.

It's pure politics. It's political theater—a theater of the absurd, at that. I list a few reasons for reaching that conclusion below.

The so-called articles of impeachment passed in the House on a party-line vote don't even meet the constitutional standard for removing a president from office. Not even close.

But the impeachment vote does give angry Democrats a stick with which to beat the president in an election year. And that's what this is all about.

Yet there's something you can I can do about this fraudulent impeachment right now. I'm asking you and every friend of Liberty Counsel to join me in a massive outpouring of anger and indignation at this colossal waste of time and taxpayer dollars.

I'm asking you to add your name today to our "Stop the Madness! Acquit President Trump!" petition to the U.S. Senate.

Time is short. The Senate trial starts Tuesday. Now is the time for you and thousands of others to demand the Senate "Stop the Madness! Acquit President Trump!" See my thoughts on why this is such a farce below. –Mat

Democrats want us to believe they are safeguarding the Constitution and the country from President Trump. In fact, they are hijacking the Constitution, using the constitutional machinery of impeachment to tar and feather a president they despise.

Impeachment is just the cover for what is, in fact, a political decapitation.

  • As Rep. Rashida Tlaib—the Muslim congresswoman from Detroit—declared just hours after she was sworn in last January: "We're gonna go in there and we're going to impeach the mother*****r."
  • The naked political ambition driving this farce surfaced when Rep. Al Green exclaimed: "I'm concerned that if we don't impeach this president, he will get re-elected." But don't voters get to make that decision?
  • Maxine Waters, the California Democrat who was among the first to bang the drums for impeachment, put it this way: "I wake up in the middle of the night and all I can think about is: I'm gonna get him."

And the Constitution, Waters says, is putty in her hands:

"Impeachment is about whatever the Congress says it is. There is no law that dictates impeachment. What the Constitution says is 'high crimes and misdemeanors,' and we define that."

That's what passes as constitutional logic on the Democratic side nowadays—and what is driving the mad push to impeach President Donald Trump.

Here are some quick reliable facts:

The constitutional standard for impeachment is "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."

House Democrats approved two thin articles of impeachment against President Trump. Neither meets the high standard imposed by the Constitution. Neither asserts a violation of any law. And no, Maxine, the House does not get to invent to its liking what the words "high crimes and misdemeanors" mean.

Impeachment article one charges the president with "Using the powers of his high office [to solicit] the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 United States presidential election."

But that's a false charge—as the transcript of President Trump's phone call with Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, demonstrates. In addition, there is no crime named in the article.

On top of everything else, President Zelensky insists there was no quid pro quo in which he was asked to investigate Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. aid. "There was no blackmail," Zelensky said. "I had no idea the military aid was held up."

Despite that, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff lied when he told the nation that Trump asked Zelensky to "make up dirt on my political opponent" as Schiff put it in his crude, corrupt and fabricated reading of the call transcript between the two leaders.

Impeachment article two insists that "without lawful cause or excuse, President Trump directed Executive Branch agencies, offices, and officials not to comply with those subpoenas."

This is silly. Every president has the right to resist subpoenas which he views as unlawful or invasive of executive branch privilege. And when he does, the courts can sort it out.

House Democrats are "simply making it up as they go along in the process, thus placing themselves not only above the law but above the Constitution," contends renowned constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz.

It's a farce, a hoax, and a witch hunt masquerading as a valid impeachment trial.

America is flourishing under President Trump's strong, bold leadership. His pro-life, pro-growth, pro-strong defense policies have invigorated our nation. We're better off, by far, now than when Barack Obama was in office.

But Democrats want to snatch it all away from American voters like you and me—and for no reason other than sheer political venom.

That's why I'm asking you to add your name today to our "Stop the Madness! Acquit President Trump!" petition to the U.S. Senate.

Join me and thousands of Liberty Counsel friends in a massive outpouring of anger and indignation at this absurd political theater and colossal waste of time and taxpayer dollars.

Time is short. The Senate trial is expected to start next Tuesday. Now is the time for you and thousands of others to demand the Senate "Stop the Madness! Acquit President Trump!"

Please join me and many thousands of others now in sending this crucial petition to the Senate. Your voice matters—as does your much-appreciated financial support for Liberty Counsel now. With your support today, we'll fight on Capitol Hill and in the courtrooms of America for life, liberty and the family.

Please act right away. Thanks so much!

For life and liberty,

Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel