Alabama Sen. Doug Jones Breaks from the Party and Stands Up for Justice: You Don't Pursue Impeachment Based on Hearsay

Alabama Democrat Senate candidate Doug Jones gets into his car after speaking to the media, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. Jones runs against former judge Roy Moore. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)




The controversial runoff between Doug Jones and Roy Moore in Alabama seemed a bit of ugliness in the Heart of Dixie.

In the end, the Democrat won.

And now, that man is playing outside the lines of partisan politics in order to oppose another bit of ugliness: attacks based on hearsay.

Appearing on MSNBC’s Kasie DC Sunday, the senator insisted a great deal of the Ukraine whistleblower complaint relies on the H word.

And that’s not enough for impeachment.

You don’t remove a sitting president based on such second-hand intel:

“A lot of that allegation, a lot of the whistleblower complaint is in fact hearsay. It is what other people have told him. That is clear on its face. I think Senator Graham was right, you don’t impeach somebody based on hearsay.”

The aforementioned Lindsey slammed the complaint Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation:

“This seems to me like a political setup. It’s all hearsay. You can’t get a parking ticket conviction based on hearsay. The whistleblower didn’t hear the phone call.”


He said the whole hubbub of Trump allegedly attempting to make moves against Joe Biden in order to internationally prevent an American Democratic win in 2020 smells like dung:

“This whole thing is a sham. … Who is this whistleblower? What bias do they have? Why did they pick this whistleblower to tell a hearsay story? The transcript does not match the complaint. … [T]his thing stinks.”

In case you’ve been away waterskiing, here’s a reeeeal quick summary of the complaint, compliments of USA Today:

The complaint appears related to President Donald Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump released a five-page summary of the call Wednesday, which revealed the president asking Zelensky to investigate political rival Joe Biden while the president withheld hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to that country.

Back to Doug, the former prosecutor pointed out that there are still a lot of missing facts. And impeachment should only be determined on the other side of their discovery:

“[W]e still don’t have all the facts. We need to get the facts. Whenever you get to an impeachment vote if it gets there, it needs to be based on facts. It doesn’t need to be based on mere allegations and one transcript.”


Good call.



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