Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino summed up the coming impeachment trial of private citizen Donald Trump as “an impeachment for idiots.”
Insisting there is no evidence that Trump incited the Capitol riot last month, Bongino would also slam Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., the lead impeachment manager, for suggesting that by refusing to testify at a Senate trial that many on the right say is unconstitutional, the former president is effectively admitting his guilt.
“If you decline this invitation, we reserve any and all rights, including the right to establish at trial that your refusal to testify supports a strong adverse inference regarding your actions (and inaction) on January 6, 2021,” Raskin said in a letter to Trump.
“Let me just say before we start, this is an impeachment for dopey people,” Bongino said Thursday during an appearance on Fox News’ Hannity. “So if you are dopey, you believe it’s a real impeachment. If you are smart, you are laughing at the stupidity.”
(Source: Fox News)
“Apparently Raskin, who laughably is a member of Congress from my former state of Maryland, hasn’t read the Constitution,” he continued. “We’ve got this crazy thing called the Fifth Amendment, where you don’t have to testify against yourself — he doesn’t know.”
Saying the charges against Trump are “utterly absurd,” Bongino cited the transcripts of his remarks the day of the assault on the Capitol.
“How you are inciting violence by asking people to march and I quote, “patriotically — excuse me, and peacefully.” I really don’t understand how that it is inciting violence, it doesn’t even follow the law, which requires you to ask for imminent lawless action,” he said. “And how does that not implicate people like Maxine Waters, which we heard about a thousand times with her ridiculous quotes.
“Again, this is an impeachment for idiots,” the ex-Secret Service agent stated. “If you believe this is serious, you should take cognitive enhancing supplements — quickly, before you lose any more IQ points.”
Host Sean Hannity asked how Democrats can claim incitement when evidence apparently shows every indication that the attack was preplanned.
“Well, I’m glad you brought that up, because if there were a two-prong test here, it fails on both prongs,” Bongino replied. “They are trying to prove President Trump incited this event. Yet, you accurately stated there was some post-op intelligence that came out that this was pre-planned, which would take away that first leg of the stool suggesting that President Trump somehow — what, he had something to do with the planning? That’d be an utter absurdity.”
He cited the Brandenburg case, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court interpretation of the First Amendment, explaining that to have incitement “you have to ask for imminent lawless action, not abstractions.”
“You have to be clear and recommend or incite an imminent lawless action, not some abstraction.,” Bongino reiterated. “[Trump] didn’t even do that. He said, ‘Go March peacefully and patriotically,’ for an operation that appears, by all the intelligence we have now, to be pre-planned.”
“Again, this is an impeachment for stupid people. If you believe it, I’m sorry, you are just really stupid. There is this thing called evidence. You don’t have any. That’s kind of a problem in your case,” he concluded.
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