Philbin: “Virtually Every President Could Have Been Impeached” Under House Dems’ Standards

PATRICK PHILBIN: The theory that the House Democrats have asserted is that there can be no assertions of privileges, no constitutionally-based prerogatives of the executive to stand in the way. If that theory were true, virtually every president could have been impeached. Virtually every president has asserted at one time or another these constitutional prerogatives. President Obama famously in the Fast and Furious investigation refused to turn over documents that led to his attorney general being held in contempt, but that didn’t lead to impeachment. And there could be a long list—professor Turley testified there’d be a very long list of presidents who would have to be distinguished if the principles being asserted now in this case were applied to all past presidents in history.