In a shocking reversal from American legal doctrine, a top Democrat says Trump should have to prove his innocent — rather than the government (U.S. House) proving its case against him.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) made the comment last month while defending Democrat attempts to impeach President Trump and remove him from office, despite an overwhelming electoral victory in 2016.
Trump, Hoyer said, had been given “every opportunity to prove his innocence.” Hoyer said that instead, Trump, “ignored Congressional subpoenas for documents and for testimony by White House officials and ordered his subordinates not to cooperate.”
Of course, what Hoyer said isn’t even true: invoking executive privilege is by no means refusing to cooperate. It’s just upholding the principles of our constitution, such as separation of powers.
But one Republican has fired back. Rep. Doug Collins, a Georgia Republican, is having none of it.
“Mr. Hoyer from Maryland … made a very revealing statement for anybody who’s concerned about Constitutional rights — and especially for me — even those of my Democratic counterparts who worry about their communities, where they discuss police action and rights being violated,” Collins said.
Thank goodness we have people like Mr. Colins who understand the constitution and want to defend it against Democrats.
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