Multiple media outlets recently seized upon a comment from Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, regarding the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden — for which Turley is a key witness for Republicans.
These outlets prominently featured Turley’s statement that the evidence did not currently meet the standard for impeachment.
“I do not believe that the evidence currently meets the standard of a high crime and misdemeanor needed for an article of impeachment.” Turley said.
Despite the widespread dissemination of this quote, a critical aspect of Turley’s assessment was omitted. Beyond his comment on the current evidence, Turley emphasized the significance of the impeachment inquiry. He articulated his belief in the necessity of the inquiry, underscoring the importance of investigating potential corrupt practices.
Turley’s full quote is provided below:
It is important to emphasize what this hearing is not. It is not a hearing on articles of impeachment. The House has launched an impeachment inquiry, and I am appearing to discuss the history and purpose of such inquiries. I have previously stated that, while I believe that an impeachment inquiry is warranted, I do not believe that the evidence currently meets the standard of a high crime and misdemeanor needed for an article of impeachment. The purpose of my testimony today is to discuss how past inquiries pursued evidence of potentially impeachable conduct.
My testimony also reflects the fact that I do believe that, after months of investigation, the House has passed the threshold for an inquiry into whether President Joe Biden was directly involved or benefited from the corrupt practices of his son, Hunter, and others. Since my testimony focuses on the historical and legal aspects of this inquiry, I will leave much of the discussion of the evidence to my fellow witnesses and to the Committee members themselves. However, I believe that the record has developed to the point that the House needs to answer troubling questions surrounding the President. As discussed below, polls indicate that most of the country shares those concerns while expressing doubts over the Biden Administration investigating potential criminal conduct.
Notably, Turley specifically said that the White House had passed the threshold warranting an impeachment inquiry and an inquiry into Biden’s possible involvement in his son’s corrupt practices.
The emphasis is markedly different from that suggested by multiple media outlets, taking his quotation about the current evidence completely out of context.
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