Pelosi's No-Evidence Impeachment of Trump May Succeed—Unless Republicans Fight Back Hard | Opinion

In 2016, the liberal resistance movement led by members of the Hillary Clinton campaign, James Comey, and cooperative Republicans, took a fake Russian dossier and made a bet. The bet was that they could turn that into a legitimate federal investigation under the guidance of political hack Robert Mueller, and if he were given enough time and money, he would actually be able to find some sort of real collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Unfortunately the story they hoped was true turned out to be false.

After more than two years and $32 million wasted taxpayer dollars, the investigation was a giant miscalculation. The effort failed in terms of generating both grounds for impeachment and public support for impeachment. It appeared that whatever reelection threats the president would face, the cloud of impeachment would not be one of them.

The radical progressives, however, learned from their original mistake. They realized they could not possibly create a case for impeachment by using reality and facts. The underlying legal rationale would ultimately erode when exposed to rigorous cross-examination. Thus, they were faced with a political calculus dilemma. How do you avoid Mueller 2.0 and risk a story you hope might be true, from being exposed as false?

They have now found the answer in the current "whistleblower" scenario.

To avoid a story from being exposed as false first requires that you simply invent the entire tale from whole cloth. Step two requires that you then hide your star "witness" behind a newly amended whistleblower statute that no longer requires firsthand knowledge of an event (a statute that was conveniently amended just in time to take the whistleblower's complaint public) to ensure their identity remains hidden from adversarial scrutiny. With this new statute in place, practically anyone within the intelligence community could help you contrive such a story. With steps one and two in place, you won't be inconvenienced by actual facts getting in your way again!

Which brings us to this current, well-coordinated effort between the political establishment and the media to "wag the dog" and seriously move forward with impeaching a United States president for something that simply didn't happen.

Here is what we know. The "whistleblower" who came forward to disclose information about the president allegedly pressuring Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden by withholding military aid if they didn't, suspiciously appears to have had the complaint drafted by a team of lawyers, and is actually represented by an attorney who is a donor to Joe Biden. The information they had in coming forward was something they heard secondhand to the phone call in question. A release of the transcript of the phone call in question shows that what the alleged whistleblower contended happened did not in fact happen. There was no quid pro quo, there was no withholding of aid. Lest we forget, Ukraine's President Zelensky, the other party to the now infamous phone call, has very publicly affirmed this. In fact, since the president moved to declassify the transcript of the call, we all know more than the whistleblower did before filing his complaint.

None of this matters, of course.

Nancy Pelosi is using this manufactured incident as justification for launching an impeachment inquiry, and members of the press are all in. Speaker Pelosi says the impeachment inquiry is worthwhile even if it places Democrats at risk of losing the House in 2020. That would be a principled stand—if the Speaker had any principles. The truth is,

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) departs following her weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol on June 27 in Washington, D.C. Win McNamee/Getty

A recent poll showed that 49 percent of Americans are in favor of the impeachment inquiry. Compare that to a poll in April after the Mueller report debunked the Russian collusion hoax. Then, only 39 percent of Americans thought impeachment should move forward. In that case, the Democrats' (and the media's) narrative had fallen apart because they failed to control the "facts" of the case. The whistleblower's myriad legal protections insulate them from similar inquiry.

Truth be told, I understand the Democrats' perceived need to force an impeachment. After all, the president has disrupted all of their plans, which they viewed as a fait accompli after President Obama. President Trump has cut taxes, moved the embassy in Israel, cancelled the Iran nuclear deal, and pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Accord. And to top it all off, he's in the process of completely reshaping the judiciary and has appointed two originalist Supreme Court Justices. His successes must be intolerable to them. In some sense, Pelosi showed restraint in waiting this long.

Now it's time for Republicans to wake up to the gravity of our current circumstance. This past week, everywhere I went, Trump supporters have been saying, "Charlie, the Dems have really blown it this time. They have gone too far. This is going to backfire." I am writing to tell those good people, and every elected Republican, not to do as the Democrats did and be deluded by their own "confirmation bias."

Democrats in the House know that to the broad category of Americans who are either independent or not political animals, the idea of electing a president who has been impeached will cause them serious pause before casting a ballot for President Trump. Regardless of whether or not he's removed from office, that voter will likely think, "He must have done something really terrible or they wouldn't have impeached him." Elected Republicans must therefore redouble their efforts to kill this effort before it begins.

The talk of Russian collusion over the past two-plus years has caused us to take our eye off the real, internal threat, which is Russian imitation. This newest line of attack is one the old Soviet Politburo and the Tass News Agency would have greatly admired. It is the manufacturing of a bold-faced lie and then looking the public dead in the eye and insisting it is true; placing reliance upon apathy and ignorance to let the lie run its course toward its premeditated conclusion, which in this case is the removal of Donald Trump from office, by either constitutional blunt force or propaganda-driven voter suppression.

Donald Trump has shown the base of the Republican Party how to fight. People like me are not willing to go back to the days of a Mitt Romney-style passivity, allowing blatant lies to go unchallenged, and just keep voting them into office because there is an R next to their name. We will turn away. We will lose, but we will regroup, and we will fight under a banner yet to be named.

Stand up and fight, Republicans. Fight, or lose the White House, the Congress, and us.

Charlie Kirk is the founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, the nation's largest and fastest growing conservative youth organization with a presence on over 1,400 college and high school campuses; he is also host of "The Charlie Kirk Show."

The opinions expressed in this essay are the author's own.

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