The rage and hate that spurred the farcical impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump has clashed with the righteous indignation of a cadre of resolute Republican lawmakers.
They have refused to fold to the tyrannical leaders of a three-year campaign to oust Trump on spurious grounds a year from the election.
They are also channeling the anger of voters which is now boiling over, particularly in swing states and among independents, toward Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives who have prioritized impeachment over issues they care about.
Republican lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee soldiered on through Thursday’s 14-hour hearing with aplomb, delivering scalding rebuttals of non-stop misinformation and lies from Democrats.
President Trump on Friday praised them for their stalwart, eviscerating destruction of the cooked up charges in the articles of impeachment.
“The Republican House members were fantastic yesterday. It always helps to have a much better case, in fact the Dems have no case at all, but the unity & sheer brilliance of these Republican warriors, all of them, was a beautiful sight to see,” Trump tweeted Friday. “Dems had no answers and wanted out!” he added.
The GOP has united in an unprecedented show of unity as Democrats have tried to tear down cherished due process protections in an effort to weaken and destroy the president.
The nine-page draft articles attacked Trump for “corruptly soliciting” election assistance from the government of Ukraine by pressuring them to launch investigations into former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter. They accuse him of using two “official acts,” the delay of $391 million in security assistance and a White House meeting for Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky, as leverage, but stopped short of calling them bribery.
The second article claims Trump engaged in “unprecedented, categorical and indiscriminate defiance” of the House of Representatives after he properly asserted executive privilege to block requests for documents and witnesses.
The all-star team has shined under the leadership of House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who has been bristling over the unprecedented decimation of the rights of his conference to defend the president.
He tweeted his thanks Friday to Rep. Doug Collins, Ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, and all the GOP Judiciary members “for standing strong against this baseless impeachment sham.”
Collins and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, have been at the forefront of the valiant war against the unprecedented and unconstitutional effort.
“Dems stacked the rules against President Trump from the start, but we will remain united in the fight for fairness and truth,” McCarthy tweeted. He has been a vocal critic of the handling of the impeachment inquiry.
McCarthy criticized House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff last month, after he initially led the proceeding from a secret basement facility in the Capitol.
He told reporters: “Democrats might not be focused on facts, but Republicans will continue to double down on the truth and expose those for what it is. A political hit job on the President. Chairman Schiff is playing by his rules and won’t provide the President a fair process. Again, we have not had a witness that we requested outside of those that Adam Schiff has gone through his audition. We do not have a process where the President’s own attorney could have a cross-examination. We do not have due process, and again, despite all the advantage to Adam Schiff, he still cannot come up with a reason to impeach the President.”
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), regarded as one of the most conservative members of Congress, schooled his errant House colleagues in the House Judiciary Committee on the Constitution Thursday.
“The greatest danger, Hamilton said, would be if impeachment was used politically by a party that had the most votes in the House instead of being used on the basis of guilt or innocence for specified crimes under the Constitution. And today the committee of jurisdiction, after only one week, they’re marking up a bill to impeach the president for crimes that aren’t specified under the Constitution, by the party that has the most votes in the House and pledged to impeach him from the first day of his presidency. Today’s Democrats are the Founders’ worse nightmare come true.”
He pointed out that President Barack Obama’s administration had asked Great Britain, Italy, Australia and other countries to assist in its investigation of then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016.
“I keep hearing over and over again, “You can’t investigate political opponents,” said Ratcliffe. We have a member of this committee [Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA)] who was — as a member of this committee and the intelligence committee, investigating his political opponent, Donald Trump, at the very moment he was running to replace him as president. My colleague on the Intel committee, Mr. [Joaquin] Castro, was investigating President Trump at the same time his brother [Julián] was running to replace President Trump,” said Ratcliffe. He outlined the president’s wide latitude under the Constitution to ferret out crime wherever he finds it.
“President Trump is the only one with the really legitimate reason to be doing it. He is the chief executive. We are in the judiciary committee, right? We do understand the Constitution, we do understand that the president as the unitary executive is the executive branch, and all power of the executive branch derives from the president,” said Ratcliffe.
” And the president can and should ask for assistance from foreign governments in ongoing criminal investigations. There was an ongoing criminal investigation into what happened in 2016. The Attorney General, [William] Barr, at the time of the July 25th call [with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky] had, long before that appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate exactly that issue. It wasn’t just appropriate, it was absolutely the president’s constitutional duty,” he asserted.
During Wednesday night’s markup meeting, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), his piercing eyes lit and his glasses propped up at the end of his nose, delivered one of his infamous smackdowns to Democrats.
“This is not about Ukraine. Facts are on the president’s side. Zelensky said he wasn’t pressured. Ukrainians didn’t even know aid was held at the time of the call, and most importantly, they did nothing to get the aid released,” Jordan explained.
“This is about one basic fact: the Democrats have never accepted the will of the American people… The attacks on the president started before the election,” said Jordan.
“They lied to the [FISA] Court 17 times. Didn’t tell the Court the guy who wrote the dossier was desperate to stop Trump. Didn’t tell the Court the guy who wrote the dossier was working for the Clinton campaign. Didn’t tell the Court the guy who wrote the dossier had been fired by the FBI for leaking information to the press and the FBI continued the investigation,” Jordan said.
Rep Matt Gaetz (R-FL) went on a full frontal assault against Hunter Biden on Thursday. The brash, young lawmaker is famous for his lead role in storming the basement lair along with his colleagues, where Democratic House Intelligence Committee members were holed up digging for Ukraine dirt on Trump last month.
He introduced an amendment to the articles of impeachment against Trump to add a reference to Hunter Biden and his work with Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings, which Democrats shot down.
“I found this very extensive profile in The New Yorker,” Gaetz said. “I don’t want to make light of anybody’s substance abuse issues, I know the president is working real hard to solve those throughout the country, but it’s a little hard to believe that Burisma hired Hunter Biden to resolve their international disputes when he could not resolve his own dispute with Hertz rental car over leaving cocaine and a crack pipe in the car.”
He elicited a fiery response from Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) who brought up Gaetz’s own past arrest for drunk driving in 2008, charges which were later dropped.
Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Doug Collins, the ferocious, fast talking Republican from Georgia, stormed out of the hearing Thursday night after a confrontation with Rep. Eric Swalwell.
He unloaded on Swalwell for blaming Trump for the deaths of Ukrainians after Trump withheld military aid. Swalwell introduced a newspaper article from the Los Angeles Times as a supporting document. Collins had to point out exculpatory evidence in the article which noted there was no way to link the withheld aid and the deaths.
He also cornered Democratic lawyers Wednesday, peppering them with questions about the identity of the individual who deliberately picked out the phone number of Rep. Devin Nunes from a stack of numbers provided by ATT to the committee.
Collins gave an impassioned speech Wednesday: ‘…for reporters and for media and people who have watched this body and the institution that I’ve loved all my life in Washington since I was an intern up here being destroyed day after day — if the minority has no rights and one day this majority will be back in the minority, and they will be crying and screaming for minority rights to be upheld, and I will just point back to 2019 and say this is the year you put a dagger in minority rights.”
“You’ve been wanting to do that for a long time. You ought to take it and just rejoice,” said Nunes. “Go at it. Because this is what you wanted. But when it comes to the hearing, when it comes to the minority rights, when it comes to one that in which we have seen time after time after time in which I have had to write this Chairman multi-page letters on the abuse of procedural issues in this committee, this is a travesty,” said Nunes.
He courageously led GOP opposition to the impeachment inquiry in the House Intelligence Committee last month. He read a blistering opening statement to the committee at the November 21 hearing.
“I once again urge Americans to consider the credibility of the Democrats on this committee who are now hurling these charges. For the last three years, it’s not President Trump who got caught, it’s the Democrats who got caught,” said Nunes.
“They got caught falsely claiming they had more than circumstantial evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians to hack the 2016 elections,” said Nunes.
“They got caught orchestrating this entire farce with the Whistleblower and lying about their secret meetings with him. They got caught defending the false allegations of the Steele dossier, which was paid for by the Democrats. They got caught breaking their promise that impeachment would only go forward with bipartisan support because of how damaging it is to the American people. They got caught running a sham impeachment process featuring secret depositions, hidden transcripts, and an unending flood of Democrat leaks. They got caught trying to obtain nude photos of President Trump from Russian pranksters pretending to be Ukrainians,” he ranted.
The youngest Republican lawmaker in the House, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), gained national attention when she stood up to overbearing Schiff during last month’s public hearing of the impeachment inquiry.
The feisty female clashed with Schiff when he refused to recognize her after Nunes attempted to yield her some of his time, flouting new rules ordained by the chairman.
“This is the fifth time you have interrupted members of Congress, duly elected members of Congress,” said Stefanik, before turning off her mic.
She appeared on the Fox Business Channel show Sunday Morning Futures that weekend, where host Maria Bartiromo showered her with adoration.
“You took on Adam Schiff, what was that like, give us your sense of what went on in the exchange,” said Bartiromo.
“The American people can see firsthand how partisan this process has been from the start,” said Stefanik. “Adam Schiff in the rules we were conducted were unprecedented. Members were not able to yield time to other members which were allowed to do on the house floor and every other committee except under Adam Schiff secrecy,” she explained.
“The American public has outpoured support for me and they want to hear from members of Congress and I’m proud to have asked the best questions of the impeachment proceeding and Adam Schiff will continue to silence Republican members who he does not want to hear from because he does not,” said Stefanik.
Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) also delivered an outstanding defense of the president when he tore apart the misleading testimony of European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland at the November 20th public hearing of the impeachment inquiry.
He forced him to admit that he had no evidence “other than my own presumption” that Trump ordered the aid withheld until Zelensky announced that the investigations the president requested would be opened.
Outspoken Congressman Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-OH), an attorney and former judge who is part of the Tea Party movement, is well known for his colorful language. He unleashed on the kangaroo court run by House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler Thursday on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight with host Brian Kilmeade.
“It’s an animal farm, it’s insane, it’s just so outrageous. I’ve sat through some really bad trials, as a judge, but this exceeds anything I’ve ever had to sit through. It is such an outrage. It’s so ironic, too, they don’t have a crime, they’ve had to drop every single crime that they’ve alleged, they’ve got nothing now, other than they have basically offended the majority in Congress,” said Gohmert.
Even more fireworks will ensue as the articles of impeachment move to the House floor next week for a full vote. These GOP warriors are expected to stage a historic display of soaring rhetoric in defense of the president. Americans will be tuned in for the upcoming show.