On Episode 13 of War Room: Impeachment, guest Reince Priebus, former White House Chief of Staff, offers analysis for the White House’s best strategy forward, emphasizing “it’s time for Republicans to start arguing on merits.”
He suggests: “We have to get to the point where somebody, whether it’s the White House Counsel Office or some lawyer that’s working for Trump, has to file a motion to dismiss, which really means if everything you say in the complaint is true, you fail to state a claim for which relief can be granted.”
Priebus emphasizes that “Republicans out there, senators and other people, need to be comfortable with the legal case that there is no crime. There is no misdemeanor. Even if everything is true, this case goes away.”
He relates this to the Russia investigation: it “fell apart because the underlying allegation of collusion, even if everything they said was true, didn’t exist as a claim.”
“It’s a time for the White House to start using that briefing room. How about a Q&A with the White House Counsel Office?” He also suggests “a five page letter that says here is what happened on the call, here is the historical basis for High Crimes and Misdemeanors” as well as a comparison between the procedural privileges afforded to President Clinton unlike President Trump.
Bannon also suggests a contextualization of the call: “the things that led up to the call – the corruption in the Ukraine, American foreign policy”.
Priebus continues hammering Trump’s innocence: “Even if President Trump did the things he was accused of, ultimate the funds were released without the prerequisite for the funds. Now the case comes down to a mens rea case – which is the star of mind of the president. We are now going to argue in front of the entire country mens rea and intent of a president that ultimately released funds?”
As War Room: Impeachment host Stephen K. Bannon puts it: “we win it.”
Co-host Raheem Kassam adds: “We don’t just win it on how ridiculous it is. We win it on the fact that even if they do want to go down that line, who was the president that sent Ukraine blankets after dragging them through this war and who was the one sent 210 anti-tank javelin missiles?”
Priebus also adds: “I love your show by the way. I listen to all of these podcasts – sometimes I listen to them twice – because its a great refresher. It’s important to have a handle on the facts.”