In an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity, Mark R. Levin, a conservative lawyer and commentator, author of the book “Freedom of the Press,” called the Democrats’ impeachment of President Donald Trump a “scandalous violation of the Constitution.”
Levin said the Capitol sessions were devoid of due process, blaming the mainstream media for echoing alleged wrongdoing the president did at the beginning of the second day of public hearings against him.
What the lawyer was referring to was the way the media commented on the episode on Capitol Hill on Friday, Nov. 15, when Democrats accused Trump of manipulating witness Marie Yovanovitch after he published a Tweet during the session criticizing her performance when she served as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine in 2016.
“I hope the American people know that what they are witnessing is tyranny. You can have the tyranny of the Legislature. You can have the tyranny of executive power. You can have the tyranny of the judiciary. You’re witnessing a tyranny in the House of Representatives on the Intelligence Committee that no longer does intelligence work,” Levin told Hannity.
President Trump’s social media comment was soon disqualified and tried, especially by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who accused him of manipulating the former ambassador, even though she was testifying and couldn’t possibly know what the president tweeted unless someone told her during her testimony—that someone being Schiff.
Levin, therefore, questioned the role of Democratic legislators and the role that the media is playing in relation to public hearings: “Here is the Constitution. How often is the Constitution read during these hearings? Never. .. And that will never happen because they are destroying the Constitution of the United States.
“Then, the president will never have a break from the media. So he tweets,” Levin said.
Levin said there should be due process: “Although it’s not a criminal case. Although it is not a civil case, it is due process. Western civilization believes in due process,” he added.
“Due process even before the Bill of Rights doesn’t apply to the president because Congress can do whatever it wants. Is that what the Constitution says? Is that what it says? No, that’s not what it says. The president is not allowed to tweet to defend himself. Well, then he can’t defend himself,” Levin added.