Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is turning the House of Representatives into her private school, where she plays the role of Draconian headmaster. The Republicans are just a bunch of five year olds that she instructs, scolds and punishes and they gladly obey.
Many Republicans seem more outraged at President Donald Trump’s tweets than the travesty unfolding in the House. She has rendered minority House Republicans virtually powerless in this so-called formal impeachment inquiry.
Democrats have used claims in an anonymous whistleblower’s report to accuse the president of abuse of power. They say Trump improperly influenced Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25th phone call to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of an energy company in Ukraine.
Not only has she overturned historical precedents and procedures by beginning the process without a vote of the entire House, even though it is not constitutionally required, she has changed several rules so that House Republicans are relegated to sitting and watching like good little girls and boys. All they will be allowed to do is voice objections.
Pelosi and her MeToo army tried to rewrite criminal justice laws during the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to deny due process to men who are accused of sexually assaulting women, spouting the mantra “Women Must Be Believed!”
Now she is at it again, except her sights are set on a historic informal rewrite of House rules, the impeachment process and even the Constitution.
Even though the House is on a two-week break, key committee members are still in Washington, DC issuing subpoenas and fast tracking the impeachment process without Republicans participating.
House Democratic leaders announced Wednesday they plan to subpoena the White House for documents related to any efforts to pressure Ukraine to probe Joe Biden.
A memo written by House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings declared, “The White House’s flagrant disregard of multiple voluntary requests for documents—combined with stark and urgent warnings from the Inspector General about the gravity of these allegations—have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is holding meetings in Italy, held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon in Rome declaring he was on the July Ukrainian call. Democrats accuse Pompeo of obstructing justice for pushing back against subpoenas requesting documents and witnesses from the State Department.
“What we objected to was the demands that were put that deeply violate the fundamental principle of separation of powers. They contacted State Department employees directly. They told them NOT to contact legal counsel at the State Department. That’s been reported to us. They said the State Department wouldn’t be able to be present. There are important constitutional prerogatives that the executive branch has to be present so that we can protect the important information so our partners, countries like Italy, can have confidence that the information they provide can have with the State Department will continue to be protected,” said Pompeo.
He insisted the department “will of course do our constitutional duty to cooperate with this co-equal branch but we are going to do so in a way that is consistent with the fundamental values of the American system. And we won’t tolerate folks on Capitol Hill bullying, intimidating State Department employees.”
Historically a formal impeachment inquiry has afforded due process to all parties involved, ensuring that both sides were heard. Speaker Pelosi does not want to give subpoena power to House Republicans. If the House had a vote, the minority would get some rights, like subpoena authority. The President and the minority currently do not have rights in the hearings.
House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA) complained on Sunday that Democrats do not want Republicans to be able to mount a proper defense against their accusations in an interview with host Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures.
“We saw Speaker Pelosi abuse her oath of office, if you would, by abusing the role of the speaker by saying an impeachment inquiry had started and they were sending it to the Intelligence Committee where you have a gentleman who has a habit of lying about the facts, [Rep. Adam] Schiff,” said Collins.
“They have decided to walk down a path in which they are in contrary to American values. They’re not going to allow this president to have due process. They’re not going to be fair. They’re going to ramrod this thing through,” he said.
Pelosi has decided to hand off the impeachment inquiry to the Intelligence Committee so important aspects of the process will be kept secret.
Historically impeachment proceedings have been conducted publicly by the House Judiciary Committee, but she is taking advantage of the closed hearing process which is customary for the Intelligence Committee, due to its handling of classified and sensitive information related to national security.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is also planning to hold a closed door hearing with the whistleblower, if he decides to testify, and may hold additional, closed-door hearings and depositions of witnesses. He is also scheduled to interview Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael K. Atkinson on Friday in a closed hearing. He conducted the initial review into the whistleblower’s allegations.
Last Thursday Schiff turned a Thursday hearing with acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire about the whistleblower’s complaint into a fiasco. He dramatically read a contemptuous, fabricated script of Trump speaking with Zelensky, instead of the actual transcript.
Former GOP congressman Jason Chaffetz has been urging House Republicans to assert themselves, advising House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to call and demand that Schiff be censured.
“They should have taken his words down in that committee. You cannot disparage the president. You cannot address the president. There are House rules. They should go after this guy,” Chaffetz said Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends.
Trump has vocally objected to the manner in which the process is being conducted. He has doubled down on his calls to identify the whistleblower. “As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP, intended to take away the Power of the People, their VOTE, their Freedoms, their Second Amendment, Religion, Military, Border Wall, and their God-given rights as a Citizen of The United States of America!” the president tweeted on Tuesday.