House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that the conduct of Donald Trump leaves the house with no choice but to move forward with drafting articles of impeachment against the president, while First Lady Melania defends her son after he was mocked in the impeachment hearings; plus more politics stories.
Pelosi says “no choice,” calls for Democrats to move forward with the impeachment of Trump
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the conduct of Donald Trump “leaves us no choice but to act” and move forward with drafting articles of impeachment against the president.
“Today, I am asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment,” Pelosi said, referring chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.
“The president’s actions have seriously violated the Constitution,” Pelosi continued. “The president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit.”
Pelosi’s announcement follows a House Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday in which four law professors, three of which were Democrats, presented arguments in favor of impeachment.
Pelosi claims that factual wrongdoing by the president is “uncontested” and that “abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security.”
Pelosi and Democrats allege that Trump withheld aid from Ukraine as leverage to seek an investigation of the Bidens.
Impeachment witness makes a classless dig at Barron Trump
A Stanford Law school professor who testified at the impeachment hearing made a dig at 13-year-old Barron Trump, but was quickly put into her place by First Lady Melania on Twitter, and the internet joined in.
Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan decided to bring the son of President Donald Trump and his wife Milania, 13-year-old Barron, into the conversation while testifying at the House Judiciary’s impeachment hearing yesterday, making a joke at the expense of the minor child.
Karlan, who was testifying as a constitutional law expert, was asked how the powers of a president differ from that of a British king.
Karlan said that kings had virtually unlimited authority while the Constitution limits presidential powers. She then referenced President Trump’s son, Barron to illustrate her point.
“The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility,” Karlan said, “so while the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.” The comment drew laughter and applause in the hearing room.
But Barron’s mom, First Lady Melania Trump, wasn’t having it and quickly put the professor in check for using her son as a political prop.
Milania tweeted: “A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics. Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.”
Professor offers a weak apology that was a non-apology
Karlan issued an apology of sorts, but the internet quickly – and rightly – called her out for making an apology that was a non-apology.
Professor Karlan said: “I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the president’s son. It was wrong of me to do that. I wish the president would apologize, obviously, for the things that he’s done that’s wrong, but I do regret having said that.”
Here are a sampling of comments from the Internet:
“A ‘conditional’ ‘apology’ is NO apology.”
“The classic non-apology apology.
“I don’t accept her apology, she should have apologized and not tried to turn her mistake on her president.”
“Not an apology, a justification.”
“The second she mentions the [president] apologizing..at that time her apology becomes illegitimate..”
Washington Post says Democrats impeachment case not ironclad
In a rare moment in defense, of sorts, of Trump, the Washington Post’s editorial board actually wrote in an editorial titled “Jonathan Turley is half-right,” that said that the Democrats need to present a stronger case against the president if they hope to “convince more Americans” that their process was being conducted fairly.
A telling moment they pointed to was when U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., asked all four legal scholars appearing before the panel on Wednesday to raise their hand if they had any “personal knowledge” of a single material fact in Rep. Adam Schiff’s recently released report – no hands went up.