Pavlich: Impeachment does Russia's bidding

Pavlich: Impeachment does Russia's bidding
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It’s official. Partisan Democrats in Washington, led by House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAirline industry applauds Democrats for including aid in coronavirus relief package Democrats unveil scaled-down .2T coronavirus relief package Trump tax reveal roils presidential race MORE (Calif.), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff to subpoena top DHS official, alleges whistleblower deposition is being stonewalled Schiff claims DHS is blocking whistleblower's access to records before testimony GOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power MORE (Calif.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDemocrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court Schumer: 'Nothing is off the table' if GOP moves forward with Ginsburg replacement Top Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence MORE (N.Y.), have filed articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE. 

During their announcement this week, Nadler and Schiff recklessly justified charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. They’ve done so based on testimony from second- and thirdhand sources, assumptions, presumptions and political opinions provided by the nation’s most liberal law professors. Only one Democrat throughout this process, George Washington University Law professor Jonathan Turley, called for due process during the inquiry. He did so not to protect President Trump, but to protect the country. 

“There is no good time for an impeachment, but this process concerns the constitutional right to hold office in this term, not the next,” Turley stated during congressional testimony. “It is wrong because this is not how an American president should be impeached. For two years, members of this Committee have declared that criminal and impeachable acts were established for everything from treason to conspiracy to obstruction. However, no action was taken to impeach. Suddenly, just a few weeks ago, the House announced it would begin an impeachment inquiry and push for a final vote in just a matter of weeks.”

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But rushing is the only way to get this done and to put a black mark of impeachment on President Trump before 2020. Process be damned. 

“The argument, ‘Why don’t you just wait?’, amounts to this: ‘Why don’t you just let him cheat in one more election? Why not let him cheat just one more time? Why not let him have foreign help one more time?’ That is what that argument amounts to,” Schiff argued during the announcement of charges on Tuesday morning. 

With this statement Schiff is again saying, with much evidence to the contrary, President Trump is a stooge of Russia who cheated during the 2016 presidential election. Not only that, he’s bound to do so again in 2020. To say the vote of any American is in jeopardy if President Trump isn’t impeached does an extraordinary disservice to the country and sets a dangerous precedent for any president, Republican or Democrat, in the future. It’s a justification with zero factual basis and yet Schiff used it anyway. President Trump received more than 63 million votes and won the Electoral College through a savvy campaign, not because he cheated with the Russians. Former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE, someone Schiff regularly praised as credible and honorable, proved this after two years of a special counsel investigation.

“The investigation did not establish that the Trump Campaign coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” the Mueller report states.

Impeachment will further tear the country apart. Schiff knows it and is moving forward anyway. Pelosi certainly knows this fact because she admitted as much. 

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“I’m not for impeachment. This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it,” Pelosi told The Washington Post in March. 

Ironically, as Schiff continues his charade, he’s the one doing Russia’s bidding. This of course is exactly the accusation he repeatedly lodges against President Trump. In addition to disproving Democrat claims of “collusion,” the Mueller report also gave insight into the goals of Russian agents during the 2016 election. 

“The Internet Research Agency (IRA) carried out the earliest Russian interference operations identified by the investigation—a social media campaign designed to provoke and amplify political and social discord in the United States. The IRA was based in St. Petersburg, Russia, and received funding from Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Prigozhin and companies he controlled. Prigozhin is widely reported to have ties to Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinGeorgia's pivotal elections could be an example for the West Meeting of G-20 world leaders to be held virtually this year Former GOP lawmakers on endorsing Biden: Trump is no Republican, 'lacks basic self-control' MORE,” the final Mueller report states.

In other words, the goal of the Russians was to pit Americans against each other and to further stir political unrest in the United States. The constant “resistance” to President Trump and the continued efforts to delegitimize his election does just that.

Democrats continue to argue impeachment of President Trump isn’t political but rather a constitutional duty. That is a lie. The left has been leading the charge on impeachment since the day Trump was elected. That effort hasn’t stopped. In the meantime, Russia laughs as its mission to sow discord becomes increasingly successful. 

Pavlich is the editor for Townhall.com and a Fox News contributor.