Conservative talk host Mark Levin said Monday that Senate Republicans should try to dismiss the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
Making his comments during an interview on Breitbart News Daily hosted by Alex Marlow on SiriusXM, the Fox News host pulled no punches in laying out an outline for GOP senators.
‘Republicans should fight it’
“The Republicans should fight it,” said Levin of the possibility of articles of impeachment being passed. “(Democrats created their own disaster … and now they should be forced to live with it. If I’m (Chuck Schumer]) I don’t want it, because (Adam Schiff) put their best foot forward.”
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“(Adam Schiff) controlled this like the Soviet Marxists, and so they had the witnesses they wanted, they could cut off questions, and so forth, and they have have protected this whistleblower throughout, who’s not even a whistleblower,” Levin continued.
“If it goes to the Senate, those Republicans better pull that whistleblower in,” added Levin. “We need the face, the name, the background…every single thing there is to know about this guy, because I think that’s the house of cards that’ll come down. You’ll see the conspiracy with (Adam Schiff)… in my view, (Alexander Vindman), and others. That’s crucial.”
“On the other hand, (the Democrats’) base is so nuts,” Levin explained. “I don’t think they’d be happy with anything short of the president hanging from a telephone pole, so they have to deal with this, and my guess is they’re trying to figure out the best way.”
‘There’s nothing in the Constitution that supports censure’
That’s when host Marlow asked Levin about the House potentianlly censuring Trump, which was recently suggested by Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
“The only president to be censured was Andrew Jackson, and subsequently Congress reversed itself after he passed away,” replied Levin. “There’s nothing in the Constitution that supports censure. It doesn’t mean these knuckleheads can’t vote for censure, call this president a kumquat, or do whatever they want to do in that respect, but I think that’s their problem.”
“Our problem is to make sure the Senate is strong enough,” he added. “You’ve got some weak sisters in there in (Susan Collins) and (Lisa Murkowski), you’ve got (Mitt Romney). (Senate Republicans) have a very thin line. You’ve got McConnell — who other than judges — has shown himself to be terrible, and our friend Lindsey Graham, who talks a good game, but his actions are less so. So we’ve got our own weaknesses in the Senate.”
“This is why I disagree with the president and others who are saying, ‘I want a trial (in the Senate),'” Levin estimated. “My concern about that is, the motion to dismiss is perfectly legitimate in any other form. It ought to be legitimate here but for the fact that McConnell refuses to change the rules, or he doesn’t have the votes to change the rules.”
Levin believes that allowing Democrats to initiate an impeachment trial of Trump would undermine the the legal underpinnings of the Western legal tradition.
Impeachment Trial Would Undermine Western Civilization’s Legal Traditions
“You don’t give an unconstitutional process that undermines all notions of due process under Western Civilization’s norms your imprimatur if you’re the United States Senate,” said Levin. “The Senate is the only body that can truly check the House in this process. So if they’re not going to (dismiss) it and they’re going to go along with the trial, they surrender too much.”
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“Now, if they’re going to have the trial, then damn it, do it the right way, but my attitude about this is, ‘You’re a firewall against tyranny.’ You don’t have to say, ‘Okay, we’ll have a trial on tyranny,’” the conservative host said.
“So my attitude on this is they ought to make the effort to dismiss, and the senators who vote against changing the rules for that?” Levin concluded. “Okay, well the American people, once and for all, will speak, and if the American people are virtuous, they’ll deal with it. If not enough of us are, then we get what we get.”
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