Democrats are fast-tracking the opening of their tainted impeachment probe to the public, hoping to blunt Republicans’ unified opposition to their secret, basement-staged charade.
Several Democrats told the Washington Post last week they were aiming to open up the inquiry in the middle of November, but on Monday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will vote this week on a resolution to formalize and establish procedures for the proceedings.
“This week, we will bring a resolution to the floor that affirms the ongoing, existing investigation that is currently being conducted by our committees as part of this impeachment inquiry,” Pelosi said in a letter to her caucus.
She also needed to shift the media narrative back to impeachment after President Donald Trump’s triumphant win with the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The president had ordered a successful U.S. military operation that toppled the world’s number one terrorist. The last thing Democrats need is more winning for Trump.
The president and other top Republicans are signalling they will not back down and acquiesce to a process that was rigged against him from the start.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham came out swinging against the House Speaker for “finally admitting what the rest of America already knew -– that Democrats were conducting an unauthorized impeachment proceeding, refusing to give the president due process, and their secret, shady, closed-door depositions are completely and irreversibly illegitimate.”
Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee, told Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends Tuesday, “I think the speaker is going to try to dress it up a little bit, put a little lipstick on the pig as they say and have this vote on Thursday, but it’s not going to change anything,”
Democrats want to impeach Trump for asking for Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s help in probing their candidate for president, former vice president Joe Biden, and his son Hunter on a July phone call. The two were involved in eyebrow-raising deals in the country. Democrats insist the president used military aid of $400,000 as a quid pro quo to push the probe of a political rival. Trump released the full unclassified, unredacted transcript of his call which revealed there was no reference to a quid pro quo.
Three House committees run by Democrats have been conducting the inquiry from a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility in the basement of the Capitol. The “grand-jury-like” inquiry began without a full vote of the House of Representatives.
“Frankly even if they try to change something and give a little bit of due process we are all still going to vote against it because it has been such a sham beginning,” said Jordan.
“You can’t undo what they have already done. We have had eight depositions and they have been leaking selected parts of it, haven’t been following any type of due process. You can’t undo what they’ve done. This is just another kind of make-it-up-as -you-go example and it’s all being done in secret with these secret leaks. It’s a continuation of the sham. They may just try to dress it up a little bit,” he added.
President Trump went on a Twitter rampage Tuesday ahead of the closed-door testimony of Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who serves as a director on the National Security Council (NSC).
John Yoo, former Assistant Attorney General under President George W. Bush appeared on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle with Laura Ingraham Monday, arguing Vindman may be guilty of espionage.
The New York Times reported Monday that Vindman emigrated from Ukraine along with his family when he was a child and is fluent in Ukrainian and Russian.
Ukrainian officials often sought advice from Vindman while negotiating with Trump attorney Rudy Guiliani, and they generally communicated in English, according to the report.
“Here we have a U.S. national security official who is advising Ukraine, while working inside the White House, apparently against the president’s interest, and usually, they spoke in English. Isn’t that kind of an interesting angle on this story?” Ingraham queried.
Trump referenced the interesting revelations in a series of Tuesday tweets: “Why are people that I never even heard of testifying about the call. Just READ THE CALL TRANSCRIPT AND THE IMPEACHMENT HOAX IS OVER! Ukraine said NO PRESSURE. There is no underlying crime in that transcript.” @IngrahamAngle 100% correct, and the Whistleblower disappeared after I released the transcript of the call. Where is the Whistleblower? That is why this is now called the Impeachment Hoax! The Do Nothing Dems are Doing Nothing!”
In another tweet he asked: Where’s the Whistleblower? Just read the Transcript, everything else is made up garbage by Shifty Schiff and the Never Trumpers!”
He added: “How many more Never Trumpers will be allowed to testify about a perfectly appropriate phone call when all anyone has to do is READ THE TRANSCRIPT! I knew people were listening in on the call (why would I say something inappropriate?), which was fine with me, but why so many?
After Vindman’s testimony Trump again attacked the army officer’s credibility: “Supposedly, according to the Corrupt Media, the Ukraine call ‘concerned’ today’s Never Trumper witness. Was he on the same call that I was? Can’t be possible! Please ask him to read the Transcript of the call. Witch Hunt!”
Democrats seem to think Republicans will just roll over and subject themselves to a tyrannical process aimed solely at destroying their party leader. They have already breached the public’s trust after refusing to give the president and his team access to the evidence they have already compiled without cross examination, denying subpoena powers and coordinating the release of damaging leaks.
They have already botched a proceeding that should be conducted with the utmost care and concern for due process. Any evidence they have already gathered was obtained improperly. If they had any sense of decency they would abort the so-called inquiry.