Lawyer Jonathan Turley has warned that the impending impeachment of Donald Trump following the storming of Capitol Hill sets the precedent that presidents can be impeached for the actions of their supporters.
Leading Democrats say they “have the votes” to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump for “inciting an insurgent mob” in last week’s incident.
The text of the resolution accuses Trump of “deliberately inciting violence against the government of the United States.”
However, according to attorney Jonathan Turley, Trump’s speech to his supporters before the occupation of Capitol Hill “does not meet the definition of incitement under the U.S. Criminal Code” and “would be considered court protected speech. supreme”.
FINAL DRAFT article of impeachment against President Trump, titled “Incitement to Insurgency.”
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Turley says the real danger would be to normalize “instant impeachments,” free speech and “set a precedent for the impeachment of any president who might be blamed for the violent acts of others after using language reckless or inflammatory. “
“There was no call for lawless action on Trump’s part. Instead, there was a call to protest on Capitol Hill, ”he wrote.
“Moreover, the violence was not imminent; the vast majority of the tens of thousands of protesters present were not violent before the march, and most did not riot inside the Capitol. Like many violent protests we’ve witnessed over the past four years, including Trump’s inauguration in 2017, the criminal conduct was perpetrated by a small group of instigators. Capitol Police were aware of the planned march, but turned down an offer of National Guard personnel because they did not see violence as likely.
Despite the hysteria that has been generated by the media around the Capitol Hill storm, most analysts say that a second attempt to impeach Trump would ultimately fail, mainly because many lawmakers fear it will only spark more of anger and distract from Joe Biden’s first 100 days. President.
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