Nancy Pelosi is having a hard time accepting the Democrat’s historic loss in the impeachment trial. She just held a press conference where she threw a temper tantrum and said Trump’s lawyers should be disbarred before saying Trump’s acquittal will be invalid without witnesses.
“He will not be acquitted. You cannot be acquitted if you don’t have a trial, and you don’t have a trial if you don’t have witnesses and documentation,” she said.
“Some of them are even lawyers,” she said. “Imagine that you would say — ever, of any president, no matter who he or she is or whatever party — if the president thinks that his or her presidency … is good for the country, then any action is justified — including encouraging a foreign government to have an impact on our elections.”
“That is exactly what our Founders were opposed to — and they feared,” she said. “I don’t think they made the case. I think they disgraced themselves terribly in terms of their violation of what our Constitution is about and what a president’s behavior should be.”
“I don’t know how they can retain their lawyer status, in the comments that they’re making,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol.
From The Hill:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday hammered the lawyers leading President Trump’s impeachment defense, saying they’ve trampled on the Constitution while questioning how they’ve been allowed to keep their licenses.
Pelosi was responding largely to comments made Wednesday evening by Alan Dershowitz, a celebrity lawyer on Trump’s legal team, who asserted on the Senate floor that presidents cannot be impeached for actions designed to boost their reelections — if they believe that retaining a grip on the White House is in the best interest of the country. And “every public official I know,” he added, considers that to be the case.
“If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment,” Dershowitz said.
The exception, said Dershowitz, an opinion contributor to The Hill, would be cases where the conduct violated a specific law. The Democrats’ two impeachment articles, charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, fall outside the federal criminal code.
“The articles of impeachment violate the Constitution,” Trump’s leading lawyers, Jay Sekulow and Pat Cipollone, said at the outset of the Senate trial. “They are defective in their entirety.”
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— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 30, 2020