Castor: Democrats’ “Baloney” Impeachment Is Not About Facts But About Politics

STEVE CASTORThe purpose of this hearing as we understand it is to discuss whether President Donald J. Trump’s conduct fits the definition of a high crime and misdemeanor. It does not. Such that the committee should consider articles of impeachment to remove the President from office and it should not. This case in many respects comes down to eight lines in a call transcript. Let me say clearly and unequivocally that the answer to that question is “no.” The record in the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry does not show that President Trump abused the power of his office or obstructed Congress. To impeach a President who 63 million people voted for over eight lines in a call transcript is baloney. Democrats seek to impeach President Trump not because they have evidence of high crimes or misdemeanors, but because they disagree with his policies. This impeachment inquiry is not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct. Democrats have been searching for a set of facts on which to impeach President Trump since his inauguration on January 20th, 2017. Just 27 minutes after the President’s inauguration that day, The Washington Post ran a story that the campaign to impeach the President has already begun. The article reported Democrats and liberal activists are mounting broad opposition to stymieing Trump’s agenda and noted that impeachment strategists believe the Constitution’s emoluments clause would be the vehicle.

In the first two years of the administration, Democrats in the House introduced articles of impeachment to remove President Trump from office on several very different factual bases. On January 3rd, the very first day of the new Congress, Congressman Sherman introduced articles of impeachment against the President. The same day Representative Tlaib said we’re going to go in there and impeach the — President. In May 2019, Representative Green said on MSNBC, “if we don’t impeach this President, he will be re-elected.” Even Speaker Pelosi, who has said that impeachment is a somber and prayerful exercise has called President Trump an imposter and said it is dangerous to allow voters to judge his performance in 2020. The obsession with impeaching the President is reflected in House Democrats have used the power of their majority in the past 11 months.