Democrats switch to ‘grand-jury style’ impeachment probe

Democratic ditch diggers in the House of Representatives hope that by shoveling a little dirt on President Donald Trump every day, they can eventually bury him politically.

They are now bastardizing the impeachment process by adopting a ‘grand-jury style’ beginning to justify the unprecedented, unethical manner in which they have conducted their so-called inquiry. News broke Monday evening they will not even allow Republican lawmakers to view the transcripts from the impeachment proceedings.

A grand jury is comprised of everyday Americans, not House members, empowered by law to investigate potential criminal conduct, and determine whether criminal charges should be brought. 

The Democrats’ mantra has for months been that impeachment is not a legal, but rather political process, so how can they now be shifting to a ‘grand-jury style’ format, and what exactly is that? We are talking about the impeachment of the president of the United States. This is getting ridiculous! How can House members adapt grand jury methods to an impeachment inquiry, and if so, how can they continue to deny Republicans due process? They can’t have it both ways. They are playing with fire, hoping they don’t get burned.

 They are trying to shape public opinion, particularly in swing states, before they even consider scheduling a full vote of the House of Representatives. The motivation for their impeachment aspirations has always been winning back the House and the White House in 2020. They are using the impeachment process to play political games, but all indications are a critical subset of voters are not buying their Ukraine phone call canard.

The New York Times polled voters in six battleground states that are critical to winning the election in 2020 — Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina, and Arizona. According to the poll’s findings published Monday, 50% of voters support the impeachment inquiry while 45 % are opposed, but 53% oppose Trump’s impeachment and removal. A slim majority of 51% say that the president’s conduct is typical of most politicians.

The poll also indicates 83% of Democrats support Trump’s impeachment and removal from office while 93% of Republicans are opposed. Just 75% of moderate and conservative Democrats want to remove Trump while 21% are opposed. This poll should stop Democrats in their tracks, but will it? They are drunk on the sliver of power they have in the House and they are in a stupor.

A Federal Elections Commission filing released Sunday revealed that the Republican National Committee raised money at a blistering pace in September. They raised four times as much as the Democratic National Committee according to the filing.

The DNC reported that the Democratic Party raised $6,980,445.71 in September while carrying more than $7,000,000 in debts. The RNC reported $27,324,070.15 in new donations over the same period and have no outstanding debt. The Republican base is fired up and opening up their wallets, shelling out staggering amounts in campaign donations.

The Democrats have been conducting hearings in secrecy from a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the Capitol. They recently shifted to what they refer to as “depositions” in order to limit the questioning to one attorney per round. They have been blocking the minority members from issuing subpoenas and calling their own witnesses. They have also been intimidating and threatening witnesses.

White House Counsel Pat Cipollone sent an 8-page letter to House Democrats earlier this month objecting to the “numerous, legally unsupported demands made as part of what you have labeled — contrary to the Constitution of the United States and all past bipartisan precedent — as an “impeachment inquiry.” As you know, you have designed and implemented your inquiry in a manner that violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process.”

Historically impeachment proceedings have been conducted publicly by the House Judiciary Committee, but the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Adam Schiff (D-CA) has been taking charge of the closed-door hearings.

White House counsel raised numerous objections to the conduct of House Democrats: “you have denied the President the right to cross-examine witnesses, to call witnesses, to receive transcripts of testimony, to have access to evidence, to have counsel present, and many other basic rights guaranteed to all Americans. You have conducted your proceedings in secret. You have violated civil liberties and the separation of powers by threatening Executive Branch officials, claiming that you will seek to punish those who exercise fundamental constitutional rights and prerogatives,” Cipollone wrote.

“All of this violates the Constitution, the rule of law, and every past precedent. Never before in our history has the House of Representatives — under the control of either political party — taken the American people down the dangerous path you seem determined to pursue,” the letter noted.

It is truly confounding that some Republicans are so quick to attack the president for anything he does, even when he is on solid legal footing in the execution of his duties under the Constitution. Yet they hold their noses so they can ignore the stench emanating from this cesspool of malfeasance in the House. Some Republicans frankly don’t care what Democrats have to do. They will give them cover as long as they get the ‘skunk’ out of their party.