During last Wednesday’s impeachment hearing, Democrats presented a video clip in which President Trump is seen saying: “Then I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.”
The edited video was also manipulated by MSNBC and CNN to misquote Donald Trump’s words supposedly referring to Article II of the Constitution.
As Breitbart News points out, CNN legal analyst and former Attorney General Elie Honig cited the clip edited in two special broadcasts explaining the case of the impeachment inquiry against Trump, one broadcast on Thursday and the other on Friday, Dec. 6.
In addition, MSNBC presenter and political commentator Chris Mathews played a similar video of Trump’s words on Wednesday during the “Hardball “program. And MSNBC host Joe Scarboroug again quoted the clip edited on “Morning Joe” on Thursday.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Democratic counsel for the Judiciary Norman Eisen asked Harvard Law School witness Noah Feldman to comment on the clip, to which the witness replied, “As someone who cares about the Constitution,” Trump’s words “struck a kind of horror in me,” according to Breitbart News.
Moments later, Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, mentioned the quotation heard in the altered clip and then claimed that President Trump “believes that in his own words, ‘I can do whatever I want.'”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that Trump was betraying the Founders and the Constitution by acting as a ‘king’ or ‘monarch.’
However, in the unedited tape, the president’s words turn around another issue, actually referring to his power to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, not to his power to do whatever he wants.
In the original video, the president explains, “Look, Article II, I would be allowed to fire Robert Mueller. Assuming I did all of the things, I said I want to fire him. Number one, I didn’t. He wasn’t fired.”
“Number one, very importantly but more importantly, Article II allows me to do whatever I want. Article II would allow me to fire him. I wasn’t going to fire him. You know why—because I watched Richard Nixon firing everybody and that didn’t work out too well,” the president explains in the clip, as picked up by Breitbart News.