Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Leahy was joined in studio by all-star panelist Crom Carmichael and on the line by Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks.
Towards the end of the third hour, Congressman Brooks broke down the front runners in the race for the Alabama Senate likening it to a horse race backed by strong financials. He then went on to reiterate the high bar for impeachment set by the constitution that must prove that there was treason, bribery, or a high crime or misdemeanor committed by the President. Brooks was convinced that the Democrats have failed to provide such evidence.
Leahy: We are joined now by our good friend and honorary Tennessee Congressman from Huntsville, Alabama Mo Brooks. Good morning congressman Brooks.
Brooks: Good morning. And I claim that title. My dad was raised in Chattanooga. My mom and dad and brother all went to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Leahy: We’ll get to the impeachment back here in a moment. If you could enlighten us a little bit about what’s going on in Alabama politics to the extent you can. I saw a poll from polling company called JMC analytics over the weekend that said in a likely potential Senate general election matchup in 2020 that former Senator Jeff Sessions would lead the incumbent democrat senator Doug Jones 46:41.
Tommy Tuberville the former Auburn coach would lead 47:42. The others were about even. And Roy Moore is way underwater in a general election losing by about 15 points. What do you see going on in that Republican primary in 2020 down in Alabama?
Brooks: Well right now it’s a three-person race there are four other candidates that might get into the competitive posture. Certainly, there are paths for each of them. We’ll have to see how that plays out. The front runners according to the polls are Jeff Sessions is first. Tommy Tuberville second and Bradley Byrne third.
All three of those have substantial financial resources so they are in a financial position where they can make a move much like a racehorse around the home stretch. We’re only a little over two months away so we’ll just have to see how it plays out. But I’ll promise you this. Whoever the nominee is, we’ll get behind them 100%.
We’ll beat Doug Jones and maybe beat him by 20 points. And we’re going to do our part to be able to protect our foundation of principles that have made us a great nation which unfortunately are under attack by Washington socialists.
Leahy: That primary down there is early. What is it, February or March? When is it?
Brooks: It’s the first week of March.
Leahy: First week of March.
Carmichael: Is that super Tuesday?
Brooks: Yes. It used to be called super Tuesday but it’s our presidential primary day and there are a number of states on the same day.
Leahy: And that gives plenty of time for whoever the winner is to build up and go after Doug Jones. And I think 10 points would make a lot of sense. By the way, the voice you just heard is our co-host this morning and our all-star panelist Crom Carmichael.
He’s a businessman and long-time friend here in Nashville who’s in the studio with us today. We’re talking about impeachment. Well, clear and present danger. You’ve got to rush through impeachment but it’s not arriving over in the Senate. Give us your insight into whats going on in Nancy Pelosi’s mind. A dangerous place to be.
Brooks: All of this is unique. It’s never happened before where you impeach but don’t send the articles of impeachment over. Nobody really knows whether that makes any difference. There’s no requirement in the constitution that a piece of paper is shipped from the House to the Senate. And quite clearly, we had a floor vote where Donald Trump was impeached. So you’ve got the argument that that’s decisive so the Senate can act.
You’ve also got the argument based on rules that have been in place for a long time that it doesn’t count till the House ships it over. So I don’t know how that’s going to play out. If I had to guess of what’s going on in Nancy Pelosi’s mind is a combination of two or three things.
First, she knows she’s got a really crummy case and the only way she’ll be able to market it to the public as she has is because they’ve been using a very biased and unfair process in the House of Representatives where they deny us our exculpatory witnesses.
Where they refuse to allow us to ask what we think are very important questions. And it gets into the Senate that’s going to be exposed. And Nancy Pelosi does not want how bad this is being exposed to the public who can better understand it and see it. So she’s trying to protect her own House members.
But second, if it gets over into Senate, you’ve got a bunch of those Democrat senators running for president. Now they’re going to have to sit as jurors. So she’s probably trying to protect four or five Democratic senators or however many there are from having to be in Washington, D.C. doing their jobs as opposed to massaging their egos running for President of the United States.
Leahy: You’re back in Alabama now. What are your constituents say? What are they saying to you in this process?
Brooks: They are sick and tired of hearing about it and they wish it would be over.
Carmichael: Question. Michael and I have talked about the way the constitution gives the sole power to the House to conduct the impeachment and then the sole power to the senate. So what you’re saying is that what the House has done may be unfair but they have the power in the House to do what they did even though we all agree it was unfair?
Brooks: That is correct.
Carmichael: So, therefore, the Senate has the sole power.
Leahy: To try the case.
Carmichael: Pelosi seems to me that she’s running down a dead-end ally. If she chooses not to send it to the Senate at all, politically, isn’t that an untenable position for the entire Democrat party?
Brooks: It is a pass of admission by Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats about how poorly they’ve handled this matter in the House of Representatives and how they really have no case for impeachment at all. And let me be really clear. The issue is not whether you agree or disagree with the president’s conduct on a variety of different matters.
The issue is whether you are going to disregard the results of an election and trash the votes of 63 million people. And the folks who wrote the constitution they wanted to make sure that it was a high bar before the powers that be in Washington, D.C. disallowing the results of an election. And that high bar is treason, bribery, high crimes or misdemeanor.
And the word high had a meaning that a lot of people don’t pay attention to or don’t understand. The word high meant where you’re betraying your country and you’re acting on behalf of another country trying to subvert the United States of America.
It’s much like Benedict Arnold and the treason that he committed. And it’s quite clear that the Democrats in this instance have come nowhere close to establishing that high bar that is required to annul an election by the people of the United State of America.
Carmichael: Now what is your sense of Republican’s in the Senate? Let’s just say that there are four or five senators in the senate who are in contested districts. What do you think they’re thinking in contested states?
Brooks: We have a lot of state Senators who are more concerned about getting elected then they are doing what’s in the best interest of the country. And I have really no clue how that’s going to play out in their own minds or how they’re going to end up voting. I can say that right now it appears that we have unanimous support on the Republican side against impeachment which means it’s dead on arrival.
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