In an interview with CNN’s Jim Sciutto, Representative Andy Barr (R-KY), while not excusing President Trump’s actions prior to the “storming” of the Capitol, exposed the real reason that Democrats are pursuing a second impeachment of the president. Barr declared that the impeachment “looked” much more like political retribution than an effort to hold the president to higher standards.
The Democrats are accusing President Trump of inciting an insurrection on January 6th in their article of impeachment. Barr cited the Supreme Court’s definition of “criminal incitement” and said the president’s behavior did not rise to that level.
The president here is not blameless, but ultimately, I voted against impeachment because, as a legal matter, the Supreme Court has set the standard for what constitutes criminal incitement in a way that doesn’t violate the First Amendment. And here, based on the facts, the president’s conduct, while unfortunate, did not rise to the level of the legal definition of incitement.
Barr went on to question what the Democrats’ impeachment would really accomplish with such a short time remaining before Biden’s inauguration. He said, “But beyond the legal analysis, I think the real point here is that with only seven days left in this president’s term, what does impeachment actually accomplish?”
Verifying what is obvious to many, Barr pointed out that the impeachment is really just political vengeance.
…but it looked to me more like an act of political vengeance as opposed to actually trying to uphold the standards of the presidency. And again, what I would say is let’s follow the advice of the president-elect, and let’s try to do what we can to bring the country together to turn the page, heal and unite the country.
Rep. Barr suggested that instead of political pay-back, Democrats should follow the advice of the leader of their party, Joe Biden, to heal the country.
Election fraud, the January 6th debacle, and a second impeachment have created division within the Republican party. 10 Republicans voted to impeach President Trump for a second time on Wednesday for “inciting insurrection.”
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), third-ranking Republican in the House, voted to impeach the president, imperiling her political future. Cheney, the lone representative from Wyoming, is facing a backlash at home for her vote.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) voted against impeachment and echoed Barr in a statement, saying that a second impeachment looks politically motivated because President Trump has just a few days of his term left.
Voting to impeach the President seven days before his departure from office serves little purpose given the Senate will not be able to hold a trial by that time and risks establishing this impeachment as politically motivated.
Crenshaw went further, saying that the articles charge crimes that show no intent on the President’s part.
Furthermore, the articles are flawed, charging crimes that are lacking the requisite element of intent. For these reasons and others, we will not be voting for these articles of impeachment despite our strong belief the President’s actions were wrong.”