Turley says Democrats made ‘huge blunder’ in presenting impeachment case, but Trump’s defenders got off to ‘strong start’

For lawyers, House impeachment managers make pretty good political agitators

By Jon Dougherty

(TNS) Georgetown law professor and constitutional expert Jonathan Turley laced Democratic House impeachment managers for making a basic legal error in presenting their ‘case’ to the GOP-controlled Senate last week.

Namely, don’t tick off the jurors.

Because the upper chamber of Congress isn’t run by clowns, lunatics, and sycophants like the House is, treating senators like it is won’t win you many friends or influence their opinions of your case, especially if the upper chamber is controlled by the political opposition.

During an interview with CBS News last week, Turley said that House impeachment managers made a “huge blunder” by insulting the “jury.”

“One of the things you teach law students is that when you make arguments to juries, make sure you don’t insult the jury,” Turley said. “That is, you don’t want to make statements that make them feel stupid or ascribe any bad motivations to them.”

Specifically, Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s (D-N.Y.) charge that any Republican who voted to acquit President Trump would be engaging in a “cover-up.”

“The question is if the Senate will be complicit in the president’s crimes by covering them up,” Nadler said. “Any senator who votes against any relevant testimony shows that he and she are part of the cover-up. What other possible reason is there to prohibit a relevant witness to testify here?”

Needless to say, that charge didn’t sit well with GOP ‘jurors.’

The objective for Democrats was to peel away so-called “moderate Republicans” from the rest of the pack and get them to agree to a clown show: More witnesses, then more witnesses, and then more witnesses — to run this impeachment sham into the spring and summer as a way to enhance Democratic election results in November.

Accusing them of covering up something, anything, isn’t a great strategy.

When Nadler the Partisan wasn’t ticking off the jury, the lead impeachment manager, Rep. Adam Schiff, was stepping in to fill the void.

As we reported Saturday, Schiff told senators that he had ‘heard’ from ‘someone’ that Trump threatened Republicans into siding with him.

During his presentations this past week during Democrats’ 24-hour period to present their case, Schiff made a number of factually incorrect statements, but one in particular stuck out among Republicans: He claimed that the President Donald Trump threatened GOP senators their “head on a pike” if they voted against him.

Fox News reported:

“CBS News reported last night that a Trump confidant said that key senators were warned, ‘Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.’ I don’t know if that’s true,” Schiff said, while trying to persuade his Senate colleagues to vote with “moral courage” rather than in their political self-interest.

Claiming not to know whether or not the statement ‘was true’ is typically Schiff: He knows there is no way for anyone to fact-check him.

Except, of course, Republican senators to whom he was speaking. They would know whether or not they’d been ‘warned’ and apparently, they weren’t because even GOP “moderates” were incensed at the suggestion.

In fact, many GOP senators could be heard from the floor saying that’s not true, including both Sen. Susans Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), two of the moderates Democrats were supposedly trying to woo.

As for Turley, he had more observations about House managers’ performance.

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Danny Ross
Danny Ross

Quite a relief, to hear from someone other than the House windbags. Maybe this farce can be over soon.

Vito Capiche
Vito Capiche

Sorry Professor, the Democrats mistake was in calling for Trump’s impeachment from the time he was a candidate! That FACT is clear evidence of their intent regardless of Trump’s acts and behavior …. fishing for a ‘political’ crime - which they had to invent - is evidence that the entire procedure is beyond the Constitutional criteria of Due Process. Their case rests on 99.9% Speculation, which by definition can’t be FACTUAL.


While the President’s attorney s made a good case, I’m not sure it was not too legalese for the public. Congress should understand, but they don’t care about the truth anyway.

Michele Henson
Michele Henson

I still don’t think Trump did a dang thing wrong.
feelers be damned

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