Does Impeachment have to be transparent or have due process?

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Only a day after President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser on Russia’s testified in a 9 hour closed-door deposition, Trump took to Twitter to say, “Democrats are allowing no transparency at the Witch Hunt hearings. If Republicans ever did this they would be excoriated by the Fake News. Let the facts come out from the charade of people, most of whom I do not know, they are interviewing for 9 hours each, not selective leaks.”

There is no transparency required during the impeachment inquiry, because the inquiry is to investigate and gather evidence. That means that Trump has no reason to be informed of the law, of the charges against him, the right to confront the witnesses against him, to call his own witnesses, and to have the assistance of counsel because it is not yet a trial.

For impeachment to move into a trial in the Senate, the House of Representatives would first have to determine it has sufficient evidence and then vote on articles of impeachment. A majority of the House of Representatives would have to vote for the articles of impeachment and then Trump would be impeached. Once impeached, then the trial to remove him from office would begin where Trump would be permitted due process. It’s also possible that the Senate would simply decline to hold the trial and dismiss the trial.

This isn’t the first time Trump has expressed discontent about the proceedings of impeachment. Trump has retweeted news segments from Mark Levin who expressed that Trump was being treated unfairly and not being allowed due process regarding the impeachment inquiry.

This also has similarities to the letter sent to Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff by the White House Administration. This was an 8 page letter sent on Oct. 8, 2019 to Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff that stated that Trump or his administration “cannot be expected to participate” in the impeachment inquiry due to lack of due process and that the impeachment inquiries sole purpose was to “undo the 2016 election”. The letter then goes on to say that they “in light of the many deficiencies we have identified in your proceedings, you will abandon the current invalid efforts to pursue an impeachment inquiry.”

Many GOP representatives and senators echoed the same rhetoric that the impeachment inquiry is unfair. Both Rep. Doug Collins and Rep. Rodney Davis voiced their opinions that due process wasn’t being afforded to Trump.

Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) was quick to remind Trump on Twitter that due process wasn’t included in the impeachment inquiry process and pointed out that Trump can confront his witnesses at his Senate trial.

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