On Thursday, House Intelligence Committee Republicans gave the thumbs-down to a motion to subpoena the interpreter employed for President Trump’s private meeting with Vladimir Putin.
Democrat (of course) Adam Schiff submitted the motion:
“It is our motion that the interpreter be subpoenaed to come and testify in closed session before our committee.”
Schiff’s statement was made during discussion of China’s threats to the American government at a public hearing.
“I regret that we have to request this in today’s meeting. We requested a business meeting next week, but that request has been declined. This may be our last opportunity before we go into an extended recess to vote to subpoena the interpreter and find out if there are any other national security problems that arose from this meeting.”
“BREAKING: @RepSwalswell and I just made a motion in House Intel Committee to subpoena the American interpreter during the summit — the only witness to Trump’s meeting with Putin. This is an extraordinary remedy, but Trump’s actions necessitate it. Republicans voted it down.”
BREAKING: @RepSwalwell and I just made a motion in House Intel Committee to subpoena the American interpreter during the summit — the only witness to Trump’s meeting with Putin. This is an extraordinary remedy, but Trump’s actions necessitate it.
Republicans voted it down.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 19, 2018
It’s breaking, alright, but not the cool kind:
It’s breaking up Washington and the political conversation, as part of the hammer of insanity that’s presently crushing civility, rationale, and anything approaching realism.
Incidentally, Republican Devin Nunes said the committee “[could not] entertain such a request,” because that wasn’t the point of the meeting.
This is where we are (please also see my article on Time’s new cover, here) — forget reason. The Democrats and the Left are currently engaged in a screaming match, to see who can cry the scariest wolf. President Trump isn’t just sometimes foolish; he’s Beelzebub, crouching in a corner and in cahoots with Russia, aiming to destroy the country and the world.
And so, the idea, apparently, is that Donald Trump said this to an interpreter:
“Hey, man, Putin and I don’t speak the same language well enough to co-obliterate the universe without a translator. So you’re going to come in here with us, and when I say things like, ‘take over the world,’ or ‘grab the planet by the p***y,’ or ‘kill all minorities,’ or ‘destroy America,’ I want you to tell Vladimir what I said. And I want you to relay his thoughts to me, when he commands things like, ‘Go to Washington and do my bidding, my evil Apprentice; or you’re “fired.”‘ Oh, and then don’t tell anyone what we said. Unless, of course, you’re subpoenaed. Then, obviously, your adherence to law will come before your obligation to us and global annihilation.”
November is going to be awfully telling. And I hope it tells them to stop being ridiculous.
What do you think? Should the interpreter be subpoenaed? Do you think they would sing like a canary? Let us know in the Comments section below.
For something completely different, please read my coverage of Hillary’s contention that Kavanaugh will take us to the days of slavery, Republican congressman John Cornyn’s warning to Trump before the Helsinki meeting, and HuffPost’s pro-communism look at Kylie Jenner’s makeup business.
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