Jonathan Turley: Impeachment ‘May Become a Trial Over Reckless Rhetoric’
TURLEY: "Well, that is part of the oddity of the evidence that will be presented. The House is going to present the statements of the president in a very menacing way, and indeed many of us condemned his speech as being reckless. But he wasn’t impeached for reckless language. He was impeached for intentionally trying to incite an insurrection, an actual rebellion in the United States. And the House may be the victim of its own excess in how it drafted that article of impeachment. It could have drafted an article that might have garnered greater bipartisan support, but I doubt seriously that some of the moderate Republicans would be willing to sign on to that article. Because this may become a trial over reckless rhetoric. And if it is, it may be difficult for some voters to see a meaningful difference between the rhetoric used by some Democrats in the past and the rhetoric used by the president."