House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during her weekly media availability on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
During the debate last night, we got a bit of other news.
There’s been lots of talk of going on record and voting to authorize an impeachment inquiry. This is necessary because without such a vote, what’s going on now is not actually an impeachment inquiry at all.
In that environment, we’ve seen Adam Schiff conduct the most partisan scam of an investigation in modern Congressional history. Not even during Watergate did the majority deny the minority the rights that are currently being denied. During the Clinton impeachment investigation, which was actually voted on, Republicans gave Democrats full subpoena power and the ability to cross-examine every witness. Right now, with the help of a compliant media, Schiff and company are going so far as to even deny access to hearings by Judiciary Committee members, which is the committee impeachment is supposed to run through.
It appears that game is going to continue because Nancy Pelosi is once again running scared from any possible vote.
BREAKING: Politico reports that Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrat leaders are holding off on a full House vote authorizing an impeachment inquiry into President Trump
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 15, 2019
Of course, they are and the reason is obvious – They have nothing.
The reality of the situation is that we have a transcript that’s already been released, which shows behavior you could argue isn’t proper, but obviously shows nothing impeachable. There was no threat made, no mention of aid, and no pressure applied to investigate Biden. The matter was brought up for what amounted to a few seconds and the President never pushed the issue, even if you think he shouldn’t have mentioned it at all.
What we are left with is Schiff rotating through “witnesses” to testify on their feelings over the matter. But again, we have the transcript. There’s nothing these people can say that changes the words on the page.
Media really trying to push a story at odds with the fact that we have already all read the transcript. It doesn't matter if 1000 people talk in secret with political allies about their feelings about what they heard or misheard about it, we've all seen it. https://t.co/vWppkrl5zK
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 15, 2019
Republicans should keep demanding a vote. No doubt the media will keep obfuscating and misleading, but that’s not an excuse to lay back on this. Further, given the behavior of Schiff and the way he’s selectively leaking damaging information, I’m all for Republicans playing the same game. Start putting out there what’s being said. There’s nothing to stop a GOP committee member from reading some of these testimonies into the record publicly. If Democrats aren’t going to play by normal rules and procedures, Republicans shouldn’t either.
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