Rudy Giuliani Calls on Supreme Court to 'Rule This Impeachment Unconstitutional' in Bonkers OpEd, and the Mockery Was Swift
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani often employs bizarre defenses in his attempts to vindicate his client.
Most of the time, he spouts these defenses (or lack thereof) live on news shows, but on Thursday, it was Giuliani's op-ed in the far-Right Daily Caller that began raising eyebrows.
The man formerly known as America's Mayor was railing against House Democrats' impeachment of the President late last year for soliciting help in an election from a foreign leader.
Giuliani made some...interesting claims.
"The Supreme Court Should Step In To Rule This Impeachment Unconstitutional."
There's just one problem: impeachment is enshrined in the Constitution, and the founding fathers didn't mince words on which body is tasked with the responsibility of impeaching a corrupt President:
According to Article I, Section 2:
"The House of Representatives...shall have the sole Power of Impeachment."
Giuliani goes on to claim in the article that Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress—the articles which the House charged Trump with—don't qualify as "high crimes and misdemeanors" required for impeachment. He then falsely claims that a President can only be impeached for breaking laws civilians abide by every day.
The internet didn't hesitate to mock Giuliani's questionable analysis.
Here, Giuliani -- a very smart and accomplished lawyer -- pretends the Constitution requires statutory crimes for i… https://t.co/uGlTkpvuz4— Aaron Blake (@Aaron Blake)1578607294.0
A lot of 1Ls are getting back their fall grades this week. I hope they'll take some comfort that, no matter how po… https://t.co/ux45uKq1wl— Orin Kerr (@Orin Kerr)1578638110.0
@RudyGiuliani You know the Supteme Court doesn’t “step in.” Somebody needs to file suit. So go ahead and do it… https://t.co/wi74eon1iJ— Elie Honig (@Elie Honig)1578614381.0
@RudyGiuliani Keep trying Rudy 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼— Dave Hiffernan (@Dave Hiffernan)1578601469.0
@RudyGiuliani The House has "sole power" over impeachment. Your desperation is evident.— David Mullins (@David Mullins)1578598102.0
@RudyGiuliani Haha, how are you not in prison?— Winston Smith (@Winston Smith)1578597936.0
@RudyGiuliani You should totally represent yourself in all of your criminal proceedings.— Cortney Miller (@Cortney Miller)1578598557.0