Swalwell Admits Dems Ignored Constitutional Principle in Impeachment Crusade

  • 2019-12-18
  • Source: TTN
  • by: TTN Staff
Swalwell Admits Dems Ignored Constitutional Principle in Impeachment Crusade
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Representative Eric Swalwell admitting on live television that the Democrats ignored a Constitutional principle during their impeachment crusade.

Swalwell stated that it was President Trump's responsibility to prove his innocence and not the Democrat's responsibility to prove his guilt.

Using this logic Trump would be guilty until proven innocent instead of innocent until proven guilty which is a tenant of the American criminal justice system.

According to Fox News:

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., said Tuesday that if President Trump refuses to send the documents and witnesses that House Democrats requested in the impeachment inquiry, “We can only conclude that you’re guilty,” sparking critics on Twitter to accuse him of suggesting the president is guilty until proven innocent.

"In America, innocent men do not hide and conceal evidence," Swalwell added, in his conversation with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "They are forthcoming and they want to cooperate and the president is acting like a very guilty person right now."

Among those objecting to Swalwell's remarks was Ben Williamson, communications director for Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.

"I believe the Fifth Amendment was just repealed on live television,"  Williamson wrote.

  Trump blocked several witnesses from testifying but the Democrats never attempted to get a court order to compel the witnesses to testify which they could have done.

The establishment of the principle of innocent until proven guilty established in the Supreme Court case Coffin v. United States (1895). The principle is also said to have been established in the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.

 Source: TTN

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