Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, along with 19 other Republican attorneys general, sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Wednesday asking them to dismiss the impeachment attempt of President Donald Trump.
“This impeachment proceeding threatens all future elections and establishes a dangerous historical precedent,” the letter says. “That new precedent will erode the separation of powers shared by the executive and legislative branches by subjugating future Presidents to the whims of a majority opposition party in the House of Representatives.”
Furthermore, the Republican attorneys generals said the two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — lack “evidentiary basis” and are fundamentally “flawed as a matter of constitutional law.”
The A.G.’s say that impeachment should not be a “partisan response” after a party loses a presidential election because it would effectively annul “the votes of millions of citizens.”
The correspondence specifically identified the Democrat-controlled House passing of two articles of impeachment as a “partisan process that undermines the democratic process.”
When talking about the first article of impeachment — abuse of power— the attorneys generals declare it is “legally flawed and factually insufficient.”
The letter argues that it is normal for presidents to ask other countries to coordinate on a plethora of topics including trade, denuclearization, and energy. As evidence, the A.G.’s list specific examples Presidents Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Barack Obama did in their official capacity as president that could have had politically benefited them.
“Under House Democrats’ corrupt motives theory, however, a President who negotiates a nuclear deal with Iran or a trade deal with China can be impeached for abuse of power if the House majority believes the deal was “motivated” by a desire to enhance the President’s reelection prospects rather than to benefit the country,” the letter says.
In terms of impeachment the second impeachment article — obstruction of Congress — these Republicans say this article is just as “flawed” as the first one. Under the House’s obstruction theory, the president could be impeached if he seeks executive privilege when the House asks for executive branch information, according to the letter.
“If the House can impeach a President for invoking executive privilege, the privilege is meaningless because it is under unilateral control of the House,” the letter reads.
At the close of their letter, the attorneys general said that the Senate should reject these impeachment articles on the basis that it is contrary to the Framers’ vision for impeachment, and weaponizes a process meant to be used scarcely.
“It is imperative that the Senate’s basis for rejecting the articles against President Trump be clear for future generations. We, therefore, urge the Senate to reject the Articles of Impeachment,” the letter concludes.
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