Johnson remarked, “[Trump] has always stood for law and order and defense of the Constitution. He’s always opposed mob violence.”
Damage Being Done
Interviewer and host Joel Pollak asked about the future of impeachment and what this would mean for lawmakers moving forward.
Johnson and many others are concerned that these back to back impeachment trials have weaponized the solemn impeachment process.
Johnson remarked, “You are lowering the bar [for impeachment] now. You’ve weaponized this. You turned it into a political weapon to be used by the majority party against a president they don’t like. A Pandora’s box that we may never be able to close again.”
By openly targeting former President Trump after he has returned to being a private citizen was in fact unconstitutional, based on constitutional law. Impeachment was a wasted feat – the House would have been better off immediately going towards prosecution based on actual criminal evidence.
Johnson assessed the situation based on his legal background as a practicing constitutional law attorney for two decades that this could become a political tool to remove opponents from office or from targeting opponents so they would never be able to run again.
Concerns for the Country Moving Forward
Ethical concerns are now permeating government and investigations may ensue. In treating impeachment so callously, future political candidates may now be removed from a viable race by opponents. Incumbents who typically have more funding at their disposal, would win creating an even more elite system of power than currently stands.