Turley: Fast And Narrow Is Not A Good Recipe For Impeachment

REP. DOUG COLLINSWhat we’re seeing here and I want to hit something else before we move onto something else is the timing issue that you talked about here. I believe we talked about this with the Mueller report, we talk about this with everything else, this is one of the fastest–you know, I said this earlier, we’re on a clock. The clock and the calendar are seemingly dominating is irregardless of what anybody in this Committee, and especially members not on this Committee, to think about what we’re actually seeing: fact witnesses and people moving forward. We don’t have that yet. So the question becomes, is an election pending, when facts are in dispute–and you made a mention of this–this is one in which the facts are not unanimous. There’s not universal, there’s not even bipartisan agreement on the facts and what they lead to, especially when t here’s exculpatory evidence that has been presented, not in the Schiff report, but in other reports. Does that timing bother you from a historical perspective, not only in the past but moving forward as well?

PROFESSOR JONATHAN TURLEYYeah, fast and narrow is not a good recipe for impeachment. That’s the case with Johnson, narrow was the case with Clinton. They tend not to survive, they tend to collapse in front of the Senate. Impeachments are like buildings: there’s a ratio between your foundation and your height and this is the highest structure you can build under the Constitution. You want to build an impeachment? You have to have a foundation broad enough to support it.