Philbin: This "Half-Baked" Impeachment Will Make It Easier For Frequent Partisan Impeachments In Future | Video | RealClearPolitics

Philbin: This "Half-Baked" Impeachment Will Make It Easier For Frequent Partisan Impeachments In Future

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Deputy Counsel to President Trump Patrick Philbin takes questions from Senators Wednesday at the Senate impeachment trial.

PATRICK PHILBIN, DEPUTY COUNSEL TO PRESIDENT TRUMP: It's vitally important for this chamber to consider what it really means to start having this chamber do all that investigatory work and how this chamber it would be paralyzed by that and is that really the president and is that the way this chamber wants everything to operate in the future?

Once you've made it that much easier, and we've said this on a couple of different points, both on the standards of impeachable offenses but also in terms of process that's used in the House. You make it really way too easy to impeach a president than this chamber will be dealing with at all the time. As Minority Leader Schumer pointed out at the time of the Clinton impeachment, he was prophetic as White House counsel pointed out the other day. Once you start down the path of partisan impeachments they'll be coming again and again and again. If you make it easier they will come even more frequently.

This chamber will have to spend a lot of time dealing with impeachment trials and cleaning up incomplete half-baked procedures, rushed partisan impeachments from the House if that is the system that's given here. That's a very important reason for not accepting that procedure and not trying to open up things now when things have not been done properly in the House of Representatives.



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