In a series of tweets this Tuesday, President Trump quoted a Fox News contributor and former senior staffer to George W. Bush, Brad Blakeman, who said that Trump should not undergo a Senate trial as a result of his impeachment.
“It’s my opinion as a lawyer that the Articles of Impeachment are defective on their face, which means I would like to see a Motion to Dismiss and have this dispersed without the necessity of a trial. I don’t think there should be a trial,” the quote read, as cited by Trump. “I think it should be dismissed on 51 votes, which is procedural. You don’t need two thirds.”
“A great lawyer & person,” Trump wrote, praising Blakeman. “Thank you Brad!”
…on 51 votes, which is procedural. You don’t need two thirds.” Brad Blakeman @FoxNews A great lawyer & person. Thank you Brad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019
Trump’s tweet caught the attention of one of his most vocal critics and husband to one of his top advisers, George Conway, who said that for every Brad Blakeman, there are at least “hundreds if not thousands” of lawyers who disagree with him.
“For every Brad Blakeman you’ve got, there are undoubtedly hundreds if not thousands of far better lawyers, who actually practice or teach law, who say your impeachment was well-founded. Too bad for you, @realDonaldTrump,” Conway tweeted.
For every Brad Blakeman you’ve got, there are undoubtedly hundreds if not thousands of far better lawyers, who actually practice or teach law, who say your impeachment was well-founded. Too bad for you, @realDonaldTrump. #IMPOTUS https://t.co/eQlMF1HGJp
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) December 31, 2019
In a subsequent tweet, Conway linked to a Washington Post article that reported on an open letter signed by over 500 legal scholars who say that Trump committed “impeachable conduct” and that lawmakers would legally justified in moving to remove him from office.
In an appearance on Fox & Friends this Thursday, Blakeman argued that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to withhold articles of impeachment from the Senate was because she has “no leverage.”
“I think the longer she delays, the worse it gets for [Democrats] because remember their argument was, this president is such a danger he must be removed for the good of the republic,” Blakeman said on Thursday. “If [Pelosi] doesn’t want to bring the charges to the Senate, then, in fact, he hasn’t been impeached, because the impeachment process means that once the vote is taken in the House it must be filed in the Senate in order for the Senate to take up their responsibility.”
Former federal prosecutor says judge could void Trump’s pardon for Flynn — here’s how
Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner responded to President Donald Trump's pardon of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn by saying that it's entirely possible that the judge in Flynn's case could nullify the pardon.
"Just as Judge Emmet Sullivan refused to grant Barr’s corrupt motion to dismiss, I hope Judge [Emmet] Sullivan sets a hearing on whether this pardon is corrupt & hence illegal/void," said Kirschner.
Civil Rights attorney Andrew Laufer agreed, saying that he too wants to see how Judge Sullivan deals with the development.
Reporter busts Trump with damning list of times he previously claimed Flynn was guilty
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump decided to issue a full pardon of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI in the course of the Russia investigation — despite Flynn's attempt to take back his plea and Attorney General William Barr's efforts to shut down the prosecution.
Although Trump and his supporters for years have painted Flynn as a hero, that was not always the sentiment, however. As BuzzFeed News' Jason Leopold noted in a lengthy Twitter thread, Trump previously was enraged with Flynn's criminal conduct, and publicly declared him a liar.
Nicolle Wallace bashes ‘two-bit criminal’ Trump for ‘skivvy’ tweet pardoning Michael Flynn
Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn admitted his guilt to Judge Emmett Sullivan, but President Donald Trump announced that the former director of national intelligence would never see jail time. After issuing a pardon to Flynn the day before Thanksgiving, MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace attacked the manner in which Trump announced the pardon: by tweet.
"Of all the sordid tales of Trump's presidency, this one might take the cake," said Wallace. "We knew this might be coming. We know Donald Trump likes the power to pardon. There's some reporting he's looking at a pardon for lots of other people. I wonder what your sense is about what else Donald Trump has up his sleeve?"