StatementKnaggs Debates, Defends President Trump

February 13, 20200
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Washington, D.C.–  During the senate trial of President Donald Trump, Andrew Knaggs joined a nationally recognized podcast in defense of President Trump. Knaggs, a graduate of William and Mary Law and an Adjunct professor of National Security Law at George Washington University, made the legal argument against the conviction and removal of President Trump.

When asked about the “abuse of power” charge, Knaggs stated that “The United States always places conditions on the provision of aid to foreign countries [because] foreign countries do not have a right to American Citizens’ resources…” and that eliminating corruption is a legitimate and common condition used.

Knaggs is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense to President Trump as well as a West Point Graduate, Green Beret, and Bronze Star recipient.

When asked about the “obstruction of Congress” charge, Knaggs pointed out that this was the quickest impeachment in the history of the country and that the House had no interest in involving the courts in the process. In a typical impeachment, the courts would assist in determining the breadth of Congress’s access to information from the Executive branch.

Knaggs further pointed out that Congress does not have the authority to simply direct the President to hand over information that could be considered privileged. If Congress did have that power, then the Executive could not function effectively as a co-equal branch of government.

Knaggs concluded that the Democrats’ case for conviction and removal was not compelling and that President Trump should be acquitted.

Listen to the full podcast here: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/podcast/an-impeachment-trial-recap

Tyler Spencer

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