Conservative Ben Shapiro Shreds Dems’ ‘Laughably Inadequate’ Impeachment Charges On Trump

Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro does not seem to believe the current impeachment effort led by House Democrats has been sufficiently argued. After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday, the conservative pundit posted a series of tweets where he described the impeachment charges as “laughably inadequate.”

“The charges Democrats are leveling here are, on their face, laughably inadequate to support impeachment,” the conservative tweeted, beginning the series of tweets.

“First, they claim Trump acted to ‘obtain an improper personal benefit, while ignoring or injuring the national interest.’ They aren’t charging bribery, because this doesn’t fulfill the elements of bribery: they can’t show what the bribe was, or the intent to commit such a crime,” Shapiro continued.

“So that means they’ve widened out the charge itself to include ‘ignoring or injuring the national interest,’ which is far more general than the specific intent for bribery,” he said.

“Virtually every president could be charged with ‘ignoring or injuring the national interest.’”

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Shapiro names two actions of former President Obama which would seem to satisfy the vague definition they are using to charge Trump: “Barack Obama telling the Russians on hot mic that he has flexibility after the election, or Barack Obama’s IRS targeting his political opponents.”

Then Shapiro moved onto the second article of impeachment Democrats announced: Obstruction of Congress—which he described as “even more absurd.”

“There is literally NO legal grounds for obstruction, since every subpoena legally issued has been challenged in the courts, and Democrats have refused to wait for the outcome, charging ahead anyway,” the conservative said.

He continued: “Even WaPo notes that Congress has never charged ‘obstruction of Congress’ in the absence of ‘obstruction of justice,’ because there’s another name for that: checks and balances. Only after the judiciary weighs in does obstruction of Congress become an obstruction of justice.”

Adding, “This is empty, empty nonsense. And the Democrats know that it is. Which is why they are truly impeaching pre-emptively. They articulate clearly that if they don’t impeach, Trump will steal the election.”

The stage is set, Shapiro argues, for both political parties to use the impeachment process as an instrument to bolster their respective campaigns in 2020.

“We’re now set up for a 2020 election in which both sides will claim that a result they don’t like is fundamentally illegitimate: Dems will claim Trump cheated and GOP will claim Dems abused power to drive down Trump via impeachment,” Shapiro tweeted.

Concluding: “The #ArticlesOfImpeachment are a joke. They are the legal analog of a prosecutor redefining first-degree murder to include accidental death (robbing the crime of its vital intent component), and then going ahead and charging first-degree murder.”

H/T: Twitchy