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GOP Impeachment Witness Dragged for Old Op-Ed Calling Out Biden for Predicting Trump Would Try to Delay the Election

GOP Impeachment Witness Dragged for Old Op-Ed Calling Out Biden for Predicting Trump Would Try to Delay the Election
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Americans might remember George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley from the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump.

Though Turley insisted he wasn't a Republican, the committee's Republican members enlisted him to argue that the information gleaned from the House Select Committee on Impeachment hearings was insufficient to justify officially impeaching the President.


But Turley's stance on impeachment isn't the only view that's since come back to haunt him.

In April, Democratic nominee Joe Biden said of Trump:

"Mark my words, I think he is going to try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can't be held."

Turley balked at Biden's suggestion, dismissing it as a "conspiracy theory" in an op-ed for the Hill.

Turley wrote:

It is a conspiracy theory utterly without factual or constitutional support, yet his warning was deemed a 'prediction' by Politico in a recent article. It has been peddled by various Democratic officials and commentators for months and is all the rage on the internet, even though it should be sold as a set including a tin foil hat and an electromagnetic ghost detector."

Turley seemed assured in his belief that it was nothing more than lunatic ranting to suggest that Trump would make moves to delay the United States election for the first time in history.

Almost exactly three months after Turley's words, Trump tweeted this.

People didn't hesitate to point out the dissonance between Turley's evaluation of Biden's claims and the plausibility of those claims just months later




With Trump's bizarre tweet brought to his attention, Turley attempted to defend his earlier position in a lengthy Twitter thread.







But few were sold by Turley's defense.






Turley was right on at least one point in his op-ed, however: that Trump has no constitutional basis to change the date of the election.

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