The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives officially passed both articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday night.
Throughout their partisan impeachment witch hunt, Democrats pointed to the Founding Fathers and claimed they were protecting the Constitution and our founders’ values by pushing impeachment.
But would the Founding Fathers have supported these claims?
According to newly released documents from the Trump administration, Democrats would have impeached our first President, George Washington, using the same basis they did this week to impeach Trump.
Democrats voted to charge Trump with obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.
In the obstruction of Congress charge, Democrats claim the president should be impeached for refusing to take part in their sham hearings.
But the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel released a series of memos this week detailing the grounds the administration is using to defy congressional subpoenas.
From Western Journal:
Would our first president have agreed with our 45th on the issue of executive privilege?
Newly released documents — made public by the Trump administration to support its decision not to comply with congressional subpoenas on material and testimony from the executive branch unless the courts compel their cooperation — suggest the answer is yes.
In the cache of materials, one interesting document on executive privilege dates from the Reagan administration, which details that in at least three instances, George Washington also refused to provide information to Congress.
The WJ continues:
The first came following Gen. Arthur St. Clair’s defeat at the Battle of Wabash in 1791.
The second incident involved correspondence with the United States minister to France.
In 1796, the House again requested communication from the Washington administration, this time having to do with the Jay Treaty, an agreement which averted war between the United States and Great Britain and clarified issues left after the Treaty of Paris ended the American Revolution.
Washington’s response in the third matter is perhaps the first president’s most full-throated defense of executive privilege in such matters.
The nature of foreign negotiations requires caution; and their success must often depend on secrecy; and even, when brought to a conclusion, a full disclosure of all the measures, demands, or eventual concessions which may have been proposed or contemplated would be extremely impolitic: for this might have pernicious influence on future negotiations; or produce immediate inconveniences, perhaps danger and mischief, in relation to other Powers.
The necessity of such caution and secrecy was one cogent reason for vesting the power of making Treaties in the President with the advice and consent of the Senate; the principle on which the body was formed confining it to a small number of members. To admit, then, a right in the House of Representatives to demand, and to have, as a matter of course, all the papers respecting a negotiation with a foreign Power, would be to establish a dangerous precedent.
Imagine that: our first president refused to provide information to Congress on at least three instances.
After consulting with his cabinet, Washington decided it was within his power to keep certain information from Congress.
But it is clear the father of our Founding Fathers believed that as president, he had the right to use executive privilege.
Especially in cases where Congress and partisan lawmakers were trying to overstep their bounds.
So if you’re wondering just how pathetic, weak, flimsy, and hyperpartisan the Democrats’ impeachment case is — now you know they would have also voted to impeach the first president of the United States.