If you thought Adam Schiff’s gossip session last month was Peak Impeachment Excitement, stand by for Jerrold Nadler’s circus launch today. Will there be bombshell witnesses to high crimes and misdemeanors? Intrigue and inside gossip at the highest levels of diplomacy? A description of the inside of Rudy Giuliani’s briefcase?
Er … not exactly. Bring your No-Doz and the darkest roast espresso possible, because the House Judiciary Committee will take public testimony from four witnesses who have nothing to do with Ukraine, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Burisma, Volodymyr Zelensky, or anything else except their own opinions about impeachment. Appearing for House Democrats will be con-law experts Pamela Karlan, Noah Feldman, and Michael Gerhardt. And on the right will be self-professed liberal con-law expert Jonathan Turley, who has already weighed in repeatedly about the folly of House Democrats’ exercise.
In his prepared remarks, Turley covers the same ground in detail. Noting that he has a long record of skepticism toward executive power and presidents in particular — “the last president whose executive philosophy I consistently admired was James Madison,” Turley writes — he nevertheless rises to oppose the assumptions Congress will have to make in this impeachment effort, and the obvious political nature of the endeavor. In fact, Turley explicitly scolds Congress for its unseriousness regarding impeachment: