While most of the nation was relaxing during the Christmas holiday, it wasn’t such a “silent night” in the White House.
President Donald Trump, who was impeached earlier this month by the House of Representatives, questioned why that body of Congress should “be allowed” to impeach him, especially when none of the Republican lawmakers in the House voted alongside the articles of impeachment.
“Why should Crazy Nancy Pelosi, just because she has a slight majority in the House, be allowed to Impeach the President of the United States?” Trump wrote in a series of tweets last night, taking a derisive tone with the Speaker of the House. “Got ZERO Republican votes, there was no crime, the call with Ukraine was perfect, with ‘no pressure.'”
Trump lamented that, in the past, Pelosi had called for impeachment to be bipartisan, but noted the impeachment was, in his mind, “neither.”
…& overwhelming,” but this Scam Impeachment was neither. Also, very unfair with no Due Process, proper representation, or witnesses. Now Pelosi is demanding everything the Republicans weren’t allowed to have in the House. Dems want to run majority Republican Senate. Hypocrites!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2019
“Also, very unfair with no Due Process, proper representation, or witnesses,” Trump added.
There were a number of witnesses who did speak in the impeachment proceedings, including a few who are currently in the Trump administration. Trump also blocked subpoena orders to other witnesses the House impeachment inquiry did call upon to testify — effectively, Trump’s complaints above are that the House didn’t have witnesses he himself wouldn’t allow to be heard.
Trump also did have due process given to him during the impeachment hearings, as many fact-checking sites have noted. He also was given the right to have counsel present to ask questions of witnesses during the House Judiciary Committee’s meetings on drafting articles of impeachment — a right he decided to refuse to take up.
Trump is also wrong when he complains that impeachment wasn’t a bipartisan vote — Rep. Justin Amash, an independent who once was a Republican, voted in favor of impeaching Trump alongside Democratic lawmakers, with whom he rarely sees eye-to-eye with on most political issues. Amash’s vote, while not emanating from the Republican Party, makes the vote technically a bipartisan one.
The privilege of impeaching the president of the United States rests solely with the House of Representatives. A president can be impeached for acts of treason, bribery, or other “high crimes and misdemeanors” — terminology which means abuses of power or privilege, and not a literal crime.