I'm faxing today to demand that you, a duly elected member of the United States Senate, reject the impeachment witch hunt against President Trump. I'm calling on you to vote "NO!" on impeaching America's 45th president. According to the U.S. Constitution, the Senate doesn't have jurisdiction to try a private citizen. Civil-liberties lawyer and Harvard University School of Law's Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz said the following during his "The Dershow" podcast on January 15:
- "The Senate of the United States has no power to serve as a jury except in cases of removal of a president. That’s the only exception."
- "Once Mr. Trump is no longer president, the Senate simply has no authority to try him because they can’t remove him. You can’t remove somebody who is no longer president."
- "The idea that the president can continue to be tried after he leaves office is so clearly in violation of the text and policies of the Constitution."
- "Impeachment was designed to remove a sitting president. It was not designed to prevent a former president from running."
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) insists an impeachment trial held after a Commander-in-Chief leaves office is unconstitutional, saying recently in a press release: "(T)he Senate lacks constitutional authority to conduct impeachment proceedings against a former president. The Founders designed the impeachment process as a way to remove officeholders from public office—not an inquest against private citizens."
Please stand with Sen. Cotton in calling for "fidelity to the Constitution" and "oppose impeachment proceedings against (the) former president." Also, please heed the words of Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who calls an impeachment trial "a bad idea," and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) who says, "Impeaching and trying a president after he has left office is petty, vindictive, mean spirited, and divisive."
The trumped-up charge this time was "incitement of insurrection" for "willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States." The Article of Impeachment claims the President "reiterated false claims that 'we won this election, and we won it by a landslide'. He also willingly made statements that encouraged—and foreseeably resulted in—imminent lawless action at the Capitol."
But President Trump was still speaking nearly 20 minutes AFTER protestors breached the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6 and disrupted Congress' certification of Joe Biden's Electoral College "victory." Legal experts have warned that impeaching the President for a speech he made at the "Stop The Steal!" rally in Washington, D.C., sets a dangerous precedent against the First Amendment. That's why it's up to you and your Senate colleagues to reject this impeachment witch hunt and help America heal.
The point of this futile effort by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other anti-Trump lawmakers appears to be impeaching President Trump "retroactively" to prevent him from possibly winning the White House again in 2024. But the Senate CANNOT convict unless 17 of the 50 Republicans (34%) vote "Yes." On Day 1 of the trial, 44 GOP Senators (88%) voted that it was unconstitutional. Why would any of those Republicans vote to convict?
Finally, I would like to point out that President Trump received a literal vote of confidence from more than 74 million Americans less than three months ago. So please, take the necessary steps to reject this witch hunt and vote "NO!" on impeaching the 45th president of the United States. I look forward to monitoring your response to this patriotic call to action. Thank you for your time and attention.
A Concerned American Taxpayer