“Let the games begin!” is a phrase used in connection to those great Olympic Games every four years, however, used in the context of these impeachment hearings, it is another way of saying this is going to prove difficult. There are some who, instead of doing their jobs, are intent on mischief and are in effect, playing games.
At the first impeachment hearing against President Trump on Wednesday, Dec. 4, the first lawyer House Democrats chose to question witnesses is Norm Eisen. He is a staunch critic of the president, is a co-founder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and served in the Obama administration before joining the Brookings Institution.
Eisen is a frequent CNN commentator, reports Fox News.
He is a member of the “#Resistance,” and on his Twitter account, he hinted at impeachment two years ago, before the president had even taken up office.
Love it! purchasing an inauguration package entitles you to a discounted stay in event if future impeachment proceedings ;-). https://t.co/V2uz7S43rn
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) December 11, 2016
Congrats Pres. Trump–now let the battle begin! Proud of our 1st @CREWcrewcomplaint over Trump’s hotel. More 2come! https://t.co/UMDkeBID4I
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) January 20, 2017
Of the three witnesses the Democrats have decided to call, two, as well as being constitutional lawyers, are Democratic donors.
Pamela Karlan has donated over $10,000 to numerous Democratic candidates, such as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Doug Jones.
The New York Times has described Karlan as a “legal leader to progressive causes,” she is a board member of the “left-leaning” American Constitution Society and in 2016 that she signed a letter from constitutional law scholars expressing “concerns” about Trump’s rhetoric. “Some of your statements and actions during the campaign and since the election cause us great concern about your commitment to our constitutional system. The following list illustrates but does not exhaust, our concerns,” reads the letter.
Second witness Michael Gerhardt donated $1,000 to Barack Obama in 2007, reports Fox News. He assisted Al Gore during his Senate campaign and was considered an expert on impeachment by CNN during the impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton.
The third witness chosen by the Democrats is Noah Feldman, a Harvard Law professor. Feldman is calling for a special investigation into Rudy Giuliani, for his actions in Ukraine, suggesting the probe should also include the Attorney General Bill Barr.
Witness list for Wednesday’s impeachment hearing is out. All law professors. Of the Dem majority’s three witnesses, two are Democratic political donors. I see more than $10,000 from Karlan (to Hillary C., Barack O., Al Gore, John Kerry et al). Gerhardt, too, is an Obama donor. pic.twitter.com/zA6K7mXkYE
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) December 2, 2019
Republicans were allowed to choose one lawyer to appear at proceedings on Wednesday; however, it had to be someone approved by the Democrats. The chosen one is Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor. He has reservations about the Democrat’s rationale for removing the president of the United States, Donald Trump, from office.
While the deck of cards may be stacked against the president, it only takes one card to cause the whole lot to tumble down. Jonathon Turley may be it.