CNN legal analyst and North Carolina Law Professor Michael Gerhardt was one of three legal experts that the House Democrats brought before the Judicial Committee in December to argue the case for impeaching President Donald Trump. Since making those arguments to Congress, of course, Gerhardt has been forced to sit back and watch President Trump’s Senate legal team dismantle any and all impeachment charges in systematic fashion. Clearly annoyed that he lent his reputation to this witch hunt, he ranted on CNN this weekend that Trump’s legal team should face ethics charges from the bar…for providing the president with a coherent, effective defense.
“I think what we are seeing as well is that the lawyers who presented his case in the Senate basically misled or lied to the Senate. And so at one point — at some point we are going to see ethics charges brought against these lawyers for making false statements, which we now all know were false,” Gerhardt said Sunday.
Host Poppy Harlow asked Gerhardt if that was a likely scenario. “Do you think the D.C. Bar is actually going to hold Pat Cipollone, for example, to account for this?”
Instead of taking that question as an opportunity to return to Earth, Gerhardt went further: “I think what we are seeing as well is that the lawyers who presented his case in the Senate basically misled or lied to the Senate. And so at one point — at some point we are going to see ethics charges brought against these lawyers for making false statements, which we now all know were false.”
This bizarre declaration led Jonathan Turley – the only law professor to actually tell the House the truth about their phony impeachment crusade – to criticize his colleague for going too far down the partisan rabbit hole.
“It is incumbent on an attorney to be specific about the false representation when he is saying that ‘we are going to see ethics charges brought against these lawyers for making false statements,’” wrote Turley. “He is saying that the entire team will be charged with ethical violations – a very serious allegation against all of these lawyers. Indeed, such a statement itself can be viewed as a matter of per se slander for impugning professional ethics and conduct. Even clients have been held liable for unsupported claims.”
Turley said that if the D.C. bar were to adopt Gerhardt’s recommendation, they would have to take a look across the aisle as well.
“House manager Adam Schiff was previously given four Pinnochios by the Washington Post for his denial of any contacts between his staff and the whistleblower. Should he join this line of counsel to be frog-marched to the bar?” asked Turley.
It’s just unbelievable how thick the bubble is. Democrats and their enablers are so determined to undo the 2016 election that they will go to any lengths necessary to defend their viewpoint – even if it removes them from any logical or rational platform whatsoever.
Someone should face an ethics committee over this outrage, but it shouldn’t be Trump’s lawyers.