Hugh Hewitt: The Democrats’ Mistake on Impeachment

On my radio show in recent days I have been asking beltway reporters if they think House Democrats run the risk of turning their impeachment “inquiry” into a kangaroo court by repeatedly breaking with the precedents of impeachments past?

They all agreed. Yes: There is a risk, though each evaluated the size of that risk differently.

Simply put: Democrats are moving forward without a full floor vote and without the legal standards that have marked impeachments throughout our nation’s history.

White House Counsel Pat Cipollone points out—and I quote—“precedent for the rights to cross-examine witnesses, call witnesses, and present evidence dates back nearly 150 years. Yet the Committees have decided to deny the President these elementary rights and protections that form the basis of the American justice system …”

This is not just about the president.

Speaker Pelosi and her party are rejecting the deeply embedded ideals of due process for the accused.

It’s a terrible mistake.