House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., compared President Donald Trump to George Washington in his opening statement at Wednesday's impeachment hearing, The Washington Post reported.
"The Democrats fake outrage that President Trump used his own channel to communicate with Ukraine," Nunes said. "I remind my friends on the other side of the aisle that our first president, George Washington, directed his own diplomatic channels to secure a treaty with Great Britain. If my Democratic colleagues were around in 1794, they'd probably want to impeach him, too."
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., backed up his colleague by posting Nunes' remarks on his own Twitter account.
Nunes was referring to Washington sending Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay to England to work out a treaty with King George III in an attempt to keep the United States out of another war with Great Britain, according to the Daily Mail.
But University of Texas law Prof. Stephen Vladeck pointed out what he said was a key difference in the incidents, writing in a tweet:
"The reason why that treaty is called the 'Jay Treaty' is because Washington sent the Chief Justice of the United States to negotiate it on behalf of the country (as opposed to for his own personal benefit)."
Others on Twitter mocked what Nunes had to say.
"Nunes compared Trump to Washington. George Washington cut the cherry tree down and Donald Trump asked the cherry tree if it had any dirt on Joe Biden," Dave Matt wrote.
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