Impeachment witness Turley says wife, dog threatened: ‘Who would shoot a Goldendoodle?’
Law professor Jonathan Turley told CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell that “his wife and dog” have received threats after he testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee last week as part of the impeachment proceedings.
“I know you received a lot of threats after what you did last week,” O’Donnell told the George Washington University law professor and opinion contributor to The Hill during CBS coverage of the impeachment hearings that took place on Monday.
“And my wife and dog,” Turley noted.
“To be fair, you did talk about them during your testimony. You did bring up your wife and dog,” O’Donnell responded, referring to Turley’s mention of his wife and dog during his opening statement last week.
“Who would shoot a Goldendoodle?” Turley asked in response. “Maybe a Shih Tzu, but not a Goldendoodle. I don’t understand where the anger comes from. Although as an academic, the thought that you could talk about James Madison and that would be fighting words is something I haven’t seen outside of a law school.”
The exchange between Turley and O’Donnell came after the constitutional scholar last week said in his opening statement to the Judiciary Committee that many in the country are angry.
“I get it. You’re mad. The President is mad. My Republican friends are mad. My Democratic friends are mad. My wife is mad. My kids are mad. Even my dog seems mad, and Luna’s a Goldendoodle, they don’t get mad,” he said on Dec. 4.
Turley has been highly critical of the impeachment process, particularly what he sees as an accelerated timeline by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Turley’s testimony last week was hailed by Republicans after he argued that Democrats were pushing forward with impeaching President Trump based on too little evidence.
He was the sole GOP witness invited to the hearing. Three law professors invited by Democrats argued that Trump had committed impeachable offenses.
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