President Donald Trump has repeatedly whined about his impeachment in the House, referring to it as an “unfair trial” in which his due process was allegedly denied. But Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.), who left the GOP because of Trump earlier this year, stepped in to school him.
Last week, Trump became the third president in American history to be impeached after the full House passed two articles of impeachment charging him with abuse of power and obstructing Congress.
Of course, Trump has frequently whined about the process, accusing House Democrats of not giving him a fair “trial” and that he should have been able to have witnesses testify and face the whistleblower.
It should be pointed out that the House did subpoena several officials close to Trump, but Trump blocked them from testifying, which means he really can’t complain about not getting a chance to have witnesses testify. Furthermore, federal law protects the identity of the whistleblower who came forward to bust Trump’s Ukraine scandal.
Despite these facts, Trump continued attacking the proceedings today, nearly a week after the House voted to impeach him.
Pelosi gives us the most unfair trial in the history of the U.S. Congress, and now she is crying for fairness in the Senate, and breaking all rules while doing so. She lost Congress once, she will do it again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2019
Seriously, Trump really does apparently think the House can hold an impeachment trial.
The problem is it does not, and Amash, who cast his votes in favor of impeachment, ripped him for not reading the Constitution, where he would learn how the process actually works.
The House does not hold a trial; it charges impeachable conduct. Under our Constitution, “[t]he Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.” You might want to learn about this process. https://t.co/eFaHeMKXbf
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) December 23, 2019
Indeed, the Constitution makes it very clear that the Senate holds the impeachment trial. And that trial is likely already rigged to acquit Trump despite the damning evidence and testimony against him.
Frankly, the fact that Trump has zero knowledge of the Constitution makes him unfit to serve. Our country should expect the president to know and understand our founding legal documents.
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