WASHINGTON – Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law professor at George Washington University who was the sole witness called before the Judiciary Committee by the Republicans in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, claimed Thursday that his testimony against impeaching Trump led to threats against him.
In an op-ed published in The Hill, Turley wrote that his "call for greater civility and dialogue may have been the least successful argument I made to the committee."
"Before I finished my testimony, my home and office were inundated with threatening messages and demands that I be fired from George Washington University for arguing that, while a case for impeachment can be made, it has not been made on this record," he continued.
My call for greater civility and dialogue may have been the least successful argument I made to the committee. Before I finished my testimony, my home and office were inundated with threatening messages and demands that I be fired from GW. https://t.co/X3wsqPTZBj
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) December 5, 2019
Turley, who has decades of experience teaching and was a witness during Bill Clinton's impeachment proceedings, mainly argued he was against impeachment as it stood because the House was moving too quickly in the process. He offered testimony that bolstered the Republican argument against the timeline and procedure of the investigation.
Turley started his testimony by clarifying he was not a Trump supporter and voted against him in 2016. Though he disagreed with impeaching Trump as things stand now, he also stated during the hearing that “[Trump’s] call was anything but ‘perfect’ and his reference to the Bidens was highly inappropriate” while also mentioning that “The use of military aid for a quid pro quo to investigate one’s political opponent, if proven, can be an impeachable offense.”
"[Impeachment is] not wrong because President Trump is right. His call was anything but perfect. It is not wrong because the House has no legitimate reason to investigate the Ukrainian controversy. It is not wrong because we are in an election year. There is no good time for an impeachment," Turley said during Wednesday's hearing. "No, it is wrong because this is not how you impeach an American president."
The three other witnesses on the panel were called by the Democrats and testified in support of impeachment.
Contributing: Jeanine Santucci, Nicholas Wu, Bart Jansen
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