Rep. Mike Johnson Analyzes Articles of Impeachment Line by Line—Here's What He Found

Posted: Dec 12, 2019 2:30 PM
Rep. Mike Johnson Analyzes Articles of Impeachment Line by Line—Here's What He Found

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As a contentious markup session in the House Judiciary Committee over the articles of impeachment kicked off Thursday, Rep. Mike Johnson issued a line-by-line analysis of why “this impeachment is a sham.”

“The founders of this country warned against a single party impeachment because they feared it would bitterly, and perhaps irreparably, divide our nation,” he said. “Our radical liberal colleagues …. have desperately created a fraudulent, unprecedented process to pursue that goal, and now they are pulling the trigger on what was described by the Minority’s expert witness in our House Judiciary Committee as ‘the shortest proceeding, with the thinnest evidentiary record, and the narrowest grounds ever used to impeach a president.’” 

Then, Johnson proceeded to issue a series of tweeted documents explaining why. 

Using the articles of impeachment, Johnson added yellow text boxes breaking down where he believes Democrats have gone wrong. 

He starts off by noting that impeaching presidents has been very rare in our nation’s history and when it has been done, there were clear criminal acts committed. “That is NOT the case here,” he said. 

Johnson reminds that Democrats have been trying to impeach the president since he took office—well before the infamous July 25 call with Ukrainian President Zelensky.

Indeed, there are four facts that destroy the Democrats’ case, he argues: “1. Both presidents say there was no pressure exerted 2.The call transcript shows no conditionality between aid & an investigation 3. Ukraine wasn't aware that aid was delayed 4. Ukraine got the aid & meeting Trump."

He goes on to say that Democrats know Trump has “lawful cause” to push back on their subpoenas in this case. They should have instead sought judicial review—not impeachment—to determine “whether the direct communications between high-ranking advisors and a president under these circumstances are privileged or must be disclosed.”

President Trump has cooperated with Congress, Johnson said, noting the number of White House officials who’ve testified before the House Oversight Committee this year, as well as providing more than 100,000 pages of documents to the committee at the outset of the impeachment inquiry.  

Democrats argued that “no president has ever ordered the complete defiance of an impeachment inquiry or sought to obstruct and impede so comprehensively the ability of the House of Representatives to investigate ‘high Crimes and Misdemeanors,’ but Johnson called that charge “absurd.”

“The truth is,” he said, “in the history of the Republic, there has never been a single party, fraudulent impeachment process deployed against a president like the one being used against Donald Trump.”

In conclusion, Johnson said the “REAL abuse of power here is on the part of the House Democrats.” They have gone much faster than the impeachment process against Bill Clinton and in doing so, “have steamrolled over constitutionally-guaranteed due process, House Rules and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.”

He continued: “They have ignored or blocked exculpatory evidence; intimidated witnesses; restricted Republican lines of questioning; denied defense witnesses and involvement of the president’s counsel; restricted Republican review of evidence; denied a Minority hearing; and violated proper Minority notice and fairness at all stages.”

While the impeachment of Trump will not succeed, and Johnson speculates Democrats will pay a price come Election Day, the sham process Democrats have engaged in "will do irreparable damage to our country in the years ahead." 

"God help us," he said.