Attorney General William Barr just made his presence felt in the Senate impeachment trial.
No one saw what Barr did coming.
And that’s because William Barr rocked impeachment with a secret letter. And all hell broke loose.
Last October, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone released a fire-breathing letter announcing that the White House would not cooperate with Nancy Pelosi’s rigged impeachment inquiry.
Cipollone outlined the administration’s reasoning which focused on the fact that the Democrats were essentially trying to cheat the system by investigating the President for impeachable offenses with officially voting to open an impeachment inquiry.
In Cipollone’s letter to Congress the White House Counsel argued the Democrats skirting the vote to open an official impeachment inquiry rendered the whole exercise unconstitutional and illegitimate.
“Your inquiry is constitutionally invalid and a violation of due process. In the history of our Nation, the House of Representatives has never attempted to launch an impeachment inquiry against the President without a majority of the House taking political accountability for that decision by voting to authorize such a dramatic constitutional step. Here, House leadership claims to have initiated the gravest inter-branch conflict contemplated under our Constitution by means of nothing more than a press conference at which the Speaker of the House simply announced an “official impeachment inquiry. ” 3 Your contrived process is unprecedented in the history of the nation and lacks the necessary authorization for a valid impeachment proceeding,” Cipollone wrote.
Never Trumpers, Democrats and fake news media so-called “reporters” mocked Cipollone’s letter as reading like a 3AM President Trump tweet storm.
These supposed “experts” mocked the letter as a joke and something even a lawyer fresh out of law school would be embarrassed to sign their name to.
Democrats seized on the letter and used it as the basis for their obstruction of Congress article of impeachment.
But on the first day of the Senate impeachment trial Attorney General William Barr and the Justice Department revealed they had an ace up their sleeve.
The Justice Department uploaded a 54-page opinion, and Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel detailed the legal reasoning the department’s Office of Legal Counsel formed the basis for Cipollone’s October letter.
“We conclude that the House must expressly authorize a committee to conduct an impeachment investigation and to use compulsory process in that investigation before the committee may compel the production of documents or testimony in support of the House’s sole power of impeachment,” Engel wrote.
This memo was drafted after Speaker Pelosi announced her support for an impeachment inquiry, but before Cipollone released his letter to the House.
The President’s lawyers alluded to the opinion in their response to the Democrats’ sham articles of impeachment.
“Contrary to the mistaken charge that the President lacked ‘lawful cause or excuse’ to resist House Democrats’ subpoenas, the President acted only after securing advice from the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) and based on established legal principles or immunities,” the President’s lawyers wrote.
The White House was not winging it or lashing out in anger by refusing to cooperate with the Democrats’ hoax impeachment investigation.
Cipollone and the Office of White House Counsel were acting on the basis of sound legal reasoning.
Democrats are charging the President with obstructing Congress because Donald Trump asserted a long held principle of executive privilege backed up by an official legal opinion handed down from the Justice Department.
The proper place to settle this dispute is in the courts.
Instead, Democrats attempted to exact revenge for losing the 2016 election by meddling in the 2020 election with this phony impeachment attempt.
Great American Daily will keep you up to date on any new developments in the Democrats’ ongoing impeachment witch hunt to remove President Trump from office.