A New York attorney representing Democrats at the Dec. 9 House Judiciary Committee meeting accused President Donald Trump of a “corrupt abuse of power” with all facts and evidence pointing to the undeniable truth that would win Democrats the case—ended as a practical joke.
The attorney handpicked by Democrats, Barry Berke, is faced with a difficult case—one where he must “[weave] together a narrative that the president abused his office when he pressured Ukraine to commit to investigations that could help him politically, deploying personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and others in a shadow foreign policy,” Ozy magazine noted in a Nov. 26 column.
“And this scheme by President Trump was so brazen, so clear, supported by documents, actions, sworn testimony, not contradicted, contemporaneous records, that it’s hard to imagine that anybody could dispute those acts, let alone argue that that conduct does not constitute an impeachable offense or offenses,” Berke told the panel on Monday, before calling the case “a big deal.”
He’s not wrong—a big deal—but one full of his misinterpretations.
Berke played a clip of the president saying, “Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president”—but fell short of providing the context of what President Trump tried to convey.
In fact, Berke did not even play the entire sentence of the president’s remark, let alone the full clip.
The full clip of President Trump’s remarks is cited below.
“500 subpoenas. They did everything. Their collusion? No collusion. They have no collusion [Applause] Then I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president, but I don’t even talk about that. Because they did a report and there was no obstruction. After looking at it, our great attorney general read it, he’s a total professional, he said, “There’s nothing here, there’s no obstruction.” So they referenced, no obstruction. So you have no collusion, no obstruction. And yet it goes on. And they think this is helping them. I personally think it’s hurting them. A lot of people think it’s very bad for them. But it just goes on. But I wrote something out this morning on a thing called Twitter, whether we like it or not [Applause] it is a good way of getting the word out. Because I saw Mueller was testifying, yeah.”
As Breitbart News pointed out in a Dec. 9 column, Berke twisted President Trump’s remarks to match the Democrats’ narrative, claiming that the president has said he has “the right to do whatever he wants as president” while linking the statement to Nixon’s remarks and leaving out President Trump’s context, which actually refers to his specific power to recruit and dismiss employees of the executive branch.
It’s clear by now why Democrats have chosen the Harvard-educated lawyer in the hope that he would be the perfect candidate to convict the president—although Berke’s stunt of misconstruing President Trump’s remarks may be what undercut the impeachment efforts.
“We need everyday folks to understand what the facts are and what’s at stake and what we can do about it, and Barry is one of the best at telling a story like that and making a case like that,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who also sits on the Judiciary Committee, said.