Tennessee Attorney General Slatery joins GOP counterparts in slamming Democrats' impeachment articles

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III speaks to attendees at the Pachyderm Club meeting at 2 on the Roof on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. / Staff Photo by John Rawlston

NASHVILLE - Republican state attorneys general from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama joined 18 GOP colleagues from across the country Wednesday in a letter slamming U.S. House Democrats' impeachment articles of President Donald Trump, charging it is a "legally flawed" partisan effort that creates a "dangerous historical precedent."

As the GOP-controlled Senate's impeachment trial of Trump began its second day, attorneys general, including Herbert Slatery of Tennessee, Christopher Carr of Georgia and Steve Marshall of Alabama, urged senators to reject House Democrats' two articles of impeachment.

The Republican attorneys general argued it establishes a "new precedent [that] will erode the separation of powers shared by the executive and legislative branches by subjugating future presidents to the whims of the majority opposition party in the House of Representatives." It adds: "This body should never permit impeachment proceedings to proceed where they are permeated with the clearly partisan objective of energizing a political party's base to, ultimately, influence a presidential election."