Twenty-one state AGs urge Senate to dismiss ‘partisan’ and ‘flawed’ impeachment in blistering letter

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Nearly two dozen state attorneys general have delivered a letter urging the Senate to “reject” the impeachment articles against President Donald Trump.

In a stinging rebuke of the impeachment for establishing “a dangerous historical precedent,” a letter submitted to the Senate Wednesday morning by the 21 attorneys general called lawmakers’ attention to how the 2020 election “weaponizes” the impeachment process.

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“If not expressly repudiated by the Senate, the theories animating both Articles will set a precedent that is entirely contrary to the Framers’ design and ruinous to the most important governmental structure protections contained in our Constitution: the separation of powers,” the letter, obtained by Fox News, stated.

“Even an unsuccessful effort to impeach the President undermines the integrity of the 2020 presidential election because it weaponizes a process that should only be initiated in exceedingly rare circumstances and should never be used for partisan purposes,” it continued.

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Turning the spotlight on the specific impeachment articles, the attorneys general argued that the charge of abuse of power “is based upon a constitutionally-flawed theory” which is “infinitely expansive and subjective,” pointing to how Democrats saw as corrupt the president’s reason for “exercising concededly lawful constitutional authority”  (emphasis in original).

“It cannot be a legitimate basis to impeach a President for acting in a legal manner that may also be politically advantageous,” the letter continued. “Such a standard would be cause for the impeachment of virtually every President, past, present, and future.”

Obstruction of Congress, the second article of impeachment against Trump, is “equally flawed,” they argued as it suggests any president invoking executive privilege could be in danger of facing impeachment. Executive privilege would be placed “under unilateral control of the House” and rendered “meaningless,” they said.

Seeking to impose the charge in this impeachment rather than take the issue through the court system “will erode the separation of powers shared by the executive and legislative branches by subjugating future Presidents to the whims of the majority opposition party in the House of Representatives,” the letter stated.

The letter was signed by the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia, according to Fox News.

Trump unloaded on House Democrats, the impeachment and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., in a series of tweets Thursday.

He tweeted remarks by former State Department official Robert Charles who appeared Thursday morning on “Fox & Friends First.”

Ha blasted Democrats for their handling of the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives.

“No matter what you give to the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, it will never be enough!” the president added.

Trump noted the letter from the attorneys general in other tweets, accusing Democrats of “trying hard to damage Republicans prior to the Election!”

And in outrage that seemed to prove his point, Trump’s critics quickly focused all their energies on the misspelling of the word “because” in his early morning tweet, with some even suggesting it was not a typo at all.

The liberal meltdown was entertaining for many Twitter users.

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