At the House Judiciary Committee, the impeachment proceedings are off to a raucous start. Republicans are trying to fling poo and trying to denigrate the witnesses, while the three legal scholars who are testifying about the history, intent, and importance of impeachment, are shredding them to smithereens. The fourth lightweight scholar/hack Jonathan Turley is being raked by Democrats and is being ridiculed by Pundits and legal scholars on the Internet.
Here are some highlights and reactions –
Republican Doug Collins came to the hearings armed with a bowl of world salad with croutons of juvenile insults all shouted in his shrill voice. He thundered “You are all professors”. We are illiterate (my paraphrasing).
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) December 4, 2019
Republicans do no need to play dumb, because …
To lead off, the Republicans are saying they are not smart enough to understand the rules.
— St. Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) December 4, 2019
A pithy summary of the republican defense –
The GOP is employing what constitutional scholars call the "Act Like Total Dicks" technique. #ImpeachmentHearing
— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) December 4, 2019
Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan, on the other hand, showed herself as yet another “Badass” woman – knowledgeable, prepared, patriotic and fearless. Yes, imagine her being on the Supreme Court.
KARLAN: "When President Trump invited—indeed demanded—foreign involvement in our upcoming election…that demand…constituted an abuse of power…
Drawing a foreign government into our elections is an especially serious abuse of power because it undermines democracy itself." pic.twitter.com/tUqI9GitfL
— CAP Action (@CAPAction) December 4, 2019
Some excerpts –
I read transcripts of every one of the witnesses who appeared in the live hearing. I’m insulted by the suggestion that as a law professor I don’t care about those facts.
Based on the evidentiary record…before you is something that I do not think we have ever seen before: a president who has doubled down on violating his oath to ‘faithfully execute’ the laws and to ‘protect and defend the Constitution.’”
Because this is an abuse that cuts to the heart of Democracy, you need to ask yourselves, if you don’t impeach a president who has done what this president has done — or at least you don’t investigate and then impeach if you conclude that the House Select Committee’s findings are correct — then what you’re saying is, it’s fine to go ahead and do this again.
The Constitution of the United States does not care if the next President is Donald Trump or anyone of the Democrats or a third Party. The Constitution is indifferent to that, what the Constitution cares about is we have free elections.
There is a “clear and present danger” to the U.S. election system.
In the video above, Doug Collins wanted to interrupt her, but decided against poking at a buzz-saw.
The accolades for her are gushing and overwhelming —
— Maya Wiley (@mayawiley) December 4, 2019
Mic drop moments –
Just end the hearing now. Prof Karlan did a mic drop. They should have let her go last. And yield all their time to her. Please let her respond to all @HouseGOP motions. She's got it. #ImpeachingHearings
— Tiffany Cross (@TiffanyDCross) December 4, 2019
Women will save the world, I tell ya.
Apropos of nothing in particular…the women -Amb. Yavanovich, Fiona Hill and now, Prof. Pamela Karlan- who have testified in front of these Impeachment Hearings are amazing and no-nonsense. They make me feel like standing up in my living room, amd shouting, “Yes, girl. Yes!”
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) December 4, 2019
No she won’t; she is too dignified, but we would love to see it.
Pamela Karlan is going break a chair over the first congressman who’s snide to her.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) December 4, 2019
Watch that language Charles!
Professor Karlen is chewing Doug Collins’s ass like it was steak.#ImpeachmentHearing
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) December 4, 2019
Doug Collins is very upset that experts have arrived in front of him.#ImpeachmentHearing
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) December 4, 2019
She sprinkled some humor as well in her passionate testimony –
Pamela Karlan: "Contrary to what President Trump says, Article Two does not give him the power to do anything he wants."
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 4, 2019
Excellent point –
For those unfamiliar with Karlan, she’s been saving the country for a long time, one voting rights case at a time.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) December 4, 2019
Collins doing a Nunes impression …
The ranking member does not appear to be enjoying the chairman's opening statement. pic.twitter.com/69tTs9uz9r
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) December 4, 2019
Michael Gerhardt, the Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at UNC –
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) December 4, 2019
People are also thoroughly impressed with Noah Feldman, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School –
If you couldn't afford to go to Harvard Law School, tune into the #ImpeachmentHearing now. There's a free seminar going on right now being given by a Harvard law professor.
— T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes) December 4, 2019
Remember, sunshine is anathema to republicans –
Republicans are all wearing solar eclipse glasses to keep from being blinded by the 3 brilliant academics testifying using hard core facts combined with their unbounded knowledge. #ImpeachmentHearing
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) December 4, 2019
Turley is the republican invited hack/lunatic. As someone suggested, they might as well have brought in Hannity.
Turley: "We are living in the very period described by Alexander Hamilton. A period of agitated passions. I get it. You're mad. The president is mad. My Republican friends are mad. My Democratic friends are mad. My wife is mad. My kids are mad. Even my dog seems mad." pic.twitter.com/XvsKtdk9hs
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 4, 2019
Turley summarized –
Turley summarized: You're just mad. What will happen if we impeach a president for soliciting foreign attacks on our elections? If that's wrong, everything is wrong and nothing is right. Also, it's unfair to impeach a president without obtaining information he withheld from you.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) December 4, 2019
Someone is impressed with the “everybody’s mad” argument. /s
To be fair, Turley’s pathetic “everybody’s mad” ramblings are about the closest thing to a coherent defense of trump that we’ve seen yet.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) December 4, 2019
Pundits are having a fun time shredding Turley’s incoherent and juvenile arguments —
Turley is the most comical and absurd concern troll of all time. He's the da Vinci of concern trolling. Derptruvian Man. https://t.co/Fmu3N0HvEk
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) December 4, 2019
The Verdict –
EISEN: "Did President Trump commit the impeachable high crime and misdemeanor of abuse of power … ?"
FELDMAN: "The president did commit an impeachable abuse of office."
EISEN: "Prof. Karlan, same question."
KARLAN: "Same answer."
GERHARDT: We three are unanimous."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 4, 2019
Democrats vs Republicans –
BOTH SIDES ON GRAVITY
DEMOCRATS: “Gravity is F = G*((m sub 1*m sub 2)/r^2).”
REPUBLICANS: “LIARS! There is no gravity because some of the people claiming it exists contributed money to Hillary Clinton's campaign. Roll call! Look, squirrel!” #ImpeachingHearings
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) December 4, 2019
The Superwomen of these hearings –
— Eric Benét (@ebenet) December 4, 2019
We need to change this … let’s keep working on it.
Literally every woman that has testified during #ImpeachingHearings has delivered the strongest points and messages but somehow this country can't figure out how to put a woman in the White House ????
— Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) December 4, 2019
Let’s keep an eye on these proceedings, keep spreading the truth and keep neutralizing the republican talking points and poo-flinging. The future of humankind is at stake.
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