CBS journalists want the Senators in the coming impeachment trial to be impartial and unbiased.
On Wednesday, This Morning co-host Tony Dokoupil hammered Mitch McConnell for having already made a decision against impeachment. Talking to CBS News legal analyst Kim Wehle, he demanded, “The Senate rules for impeachment say, ‘I do solemnly swear,’ this is the oath that each senator takes.”
No mention of the fact that Harris, who will take the same oath as McConnell, made her decision to convict the President back in October.
On Wednesday, fellow CBS guest Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, attacked the case for impeachment:
The problem I have is that judging on how they define the two articles, you could impeach every living president on this type of allegations. The most troubling for me is obstruction of Congress.
They set an abbreviated period for investigation, arguably the shortest investigation of any presidential impeachment, depending on how you count the [Andrew] Johnson impeachment days.
Then they said, “If you don’t turn over the evidence during that period, you’re obstructing Congress.” Well, President Trump went to court to challenge the necessity of handing over that material.
Both Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon were allowed to go all the way to the Supreme Court where they ultimately lost.
Nixon resigned soon afterwards. My concern is that this — there really does seem like you are making an appeal to the court into a high crime or misdemeanor.
Dokoupil couldn’t let this go without offering the Democratic talking points:
“We should point out that Democrats say they have to go at this pace with impeachment because there is an election coming and the court system would take a long time, the abuse of power charge could influence this vote. That’s what their timetable response.”