On Episode 143 of War Room: Impeachment attorney David Rivkin joined Stephen K. Bannon, Raheem Kassam, and Jason Miller to discuss Constitutional and political ramifications of impeachment.
“This whole argument is ridiculous,” Rivkin said. “There are legitimate debates about the scope of a President’s substantive power…. Yes, following Watergate there have been a number of restrictions, including the War Powers Act…. What we’re talking about here is nothing like that.”
“The President is going to be acquitted,” he continued. “Politically it’s not going to help the Democrats. So the political side of this exercise I think is in good shape.”
“I think there’s going to be some political price to be paid by Senate Republicans, particularly in certain states like Colorado [and] Maine. Hopefully not insurmountable problems.”
“The arguments put forward by the House Managers, particularly Adam Schiff, as to the proper definition of high crimes and misdemeanors – as well as the process involved on impeachment: how does the House deploy impeachment power, what’s the House’s job, what’s the Senate’s job – are so outlandish.”
“We’re not talking about imperial Presidency, we’re talking about the Presidency at word of Congress. It’s completely, completely at Congressional mercy. Utterly alien to our Constitution; something that the framers’ rejected with gusto.”
“It has to be repudiated by the Senate. The silence on this issue is not enough,” Rivkin asserted.
With this impeachment, we are talking about Constitutional & political debilitation for Republicans#ImpeachmentHearings
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“While it’s horrible for the Constitution [and] the Presidency as an institution, it’s going to be particularly debilitating for Republicans because the democrats are much better at doing this kind of skullduggery.”
“This is not just about Donald Trump. If [Democrats] get away with it now, they’ll do it again, and again, and again to Republican presidents. And my sense is…if there’s a Democrat president and the Republicans control the House, [they] might do the same. I don’t think they’re going to do it nearly as well.”
“We’re talking about Constitutional debilitation and political debilitation.”