Rep. Turner: 'If It's Enough to Impeach Trump, It's Enough to Impeach Joe Biden, Day One'

By Susan Jones | December 6, 2019 | 6:48am EST
Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) sits on the House intelligence committee. (Photo by JACQUELYN MARTIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) sits on the House intelligence committee. (Photo by JACQUELYN MARTIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Democrats are moving into dangerous territory with their "factless" impeachment of President Donald Trump, Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), a member of the House intelligence committee, told Fox News's Sean Hannity Thursday night.

Turner said what the Democrats are doing could boomerang on them:

"You've been pointing out the danger this evening of really the step that they're taking," Turner said:

It's not just their attempts to undo the election that's a problem here; it's the fact that we have a factless impeachment that's being undertaken. It has no legal standards. This is not a legal impeachment, it's a political impeachment.

And if you take the hearsay, the innuendo, the conclusions that the Adam Schiff report provides as a basis for impeachment, you can apply it to any scenario and thereby justify impeachment. As you said, (as) "The Wall Street Journal" was saying, what we know about the Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, Burisma issue is enough already, the facts -- if it's enough to impeach Trump, it's enough to impeach Joe Biden, day one.

And I'm not advocating for that, but that's the standards that they're advocating for. Similarly, Obama with the IRS scandal where they were targeting conservative groups -- you could also proceed with impeachment based on that.

Turner was echoing what law professor Jonathan Turley told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday:

"President Trump will not be our last president and what we leave in the wake of this scandal will shape our democracy for generations to come," Turley said in his opening statement.

"I am concerned about lowering impeachment standards to fit a paucity of evidence and an abundance of anger. I believe this impeachment not only fails to satisfy the standard of past impeachments but would create a dangerous precedent for future impeachments."

Turley, not a Trump supporter, nevertheless said a "slipshod impeachment" is not the answer, but will "only invite an invitation for the madness to follow every future administration.

That is why this is wrong. It's not wrong because President Trump is right. His call was anything but perfect. It is not wrong because the House has no legitimate reason to investigate the Ukrainian controversy. It is not wrong because we are in an election year. There is no good time for an impeachment.

No, it is wrong because this is not how you impeach an American President. This case is not a case of the unknowable, it is a case of the peripheral. We have a record of conflicts, defenses that have not been fully considered, un-subpoenaed witnesses with material evidence.

To impeach a President on this record would expose every future President do the same type of inchoate impeachment. Principal often takes us to a place where we would prefer not to be...


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