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Is House Impeachment Inquiry an Abuse of Power?

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on October 3, 2019 19:24

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On its face, the House impeachment inquiry meets the definition of "abuse of power" as it "corruptly... endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice." It is intended to corruptly protect Joe Biden and the Democratic Party from prosecution.

Then-VP Joe Biden meeting with Ukrainian legislators in 2014 (US Embassy photo)

Controversy over the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is one of the stranger scandals in the history of American politics. Clearly, one "narrative" echoes Watergate.

*An anonymous "Whistleblower" made criminal charges against the President, just as "Deep Throat" did against Nixon.

*Accusations of a White House "coverup" have likewise been publicized.

*Secret phone recordings have been revealed.

*Cries of "abuse of power" have been heard, along with the response that "no man is above the law."

*Impeachment proceedings have begun in the House of Representatives.

But upon closer examination, this case suggests that an abuse of power may not have come from the Executive branch, but rather from the Legislative branch.

*Rules changes were made to exclude traditional defense opportunities provided to a Congressional minority.

*Regulatory changes were made to alter traditional whistleblower protections at government agencies on behalf of anonymous denunciations based upon hearsay.

*While in Watergate, the crime was covering up a break-in of the opposition political party, the alleged crime in this case is demanding an investigation of criminal corruption being covered up by the opposition political party.

*Impeachment proceedings are directly interfering with criminal investigations into alleged wrongdoing by the previous administration in the Trump-Russia imbroglio.

Bottom line: Whistleblower-gate (or whatever it may be called) is Watergate stood on its head.

Rather than investigating an abuse of power, Chairman Schiff's probe is an abuse of power, intended to stop an inquiry into an alleged abuse of power--charges that Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to drop an investigation into his son's corruption, using American aid as leverage. In other words, as President Trump has claimed, he is indeed a whistleblower facing retaliation for revelations of wrongdoing.

Further, the obvious intent of the impeachment inquiry is to stop prosecution of the Bidens and others who may have been involved--that is, obstruction of justice. So while there may be parallels to the Nixon era, they are the opposite of those claimed by Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, or Adam Schiff. In Watergate, "all the President's men" covered up a crime. In Whistleblower-gate, "all the President's men (and women)" are victims of an attempted coverup of a crime, making the impeachment process underway illegitimate on its face, and itself an abuse of power.

As defined by Wikipedia:

Abuse of power, in the form of "malfeasance in office" or "official misconduct," is the commission of an unlawful act, done in an official capacity, which affects the performance of official duties ... Abuse of power can also mean a person using the power they have for their own personal gain.

On its face, the House impeachment inquiry meets the definition of "obstruction of justice" since it "corruptly ... endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice." Therefore, this impeachment attempt is an abuse of power -- intended to obstruct justice for former VP Joe Biden.

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on October 3, 2019 19:24

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