Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall on Wednesday called on the members of the U.S. Senate to reject the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
Marshall was joined by 21 fellow Republican state attorneys general in sending the 14-page “Friend of the Senate” brief, which asserts the articles of impeachment are setting a dangerous precedent that would turn the presidency into “a puppet” of Congress.
“The Democrat-controlled House passing of these constitutionally-deficient articles of impeachment amounts, at bottom, to a partisan political effort that undermines the democratic process itself,” the attorneys general wrote. “Even an unsuccessful effort to impeach the President undermines the integrity of the 2020 presidential election because it weaponizes a process that should only be initiated in exceedingly rare circumstances and should never be used for partisan purposes.”
“If not expressly repudiated by the Senate, the theories animating both Articles will set a precedent that is entirely contrary to the Framers’ design and ruinous to the most important governmental structure protections contained in our Constitution: the separation of powers.”
In conjunction with sending the letter, Marshall along with fellow AG’s — Alan Wilson of South Carolina, Jeff Landry of Louisiana, Leslie Rutledge of Arkansas and Curtis Hill of Indiana — spoke to the media outside the U.S. Capitol about their concerns over the fairness of the impeachment charges.
Watch Marshall’s remarks below:
A total of 21 state’s Attorneys General have signed the letter, which can be found here.