Clerk of the House Cheryl Johnson, left, and House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving pass through Statuary Hall at the Capitol to deliver the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Following are impeachment managers, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., left, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and other managers Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sometimes, politicians require a certain amount of reading between the lines to understand what they really mean. Other politicians are so vapid that they contradict themselves to such an extent that no supposition is needed.
Jerry Nadler is the latter type.
Nancy Pelosi placed him on the impeachment management team out of sheer seniority. There’s no question he lacks the skills to present such a case, even if there were a case to be made. That was on display yesterday when he decided to do something no Democrat wants done.
Namely, admit that they have no case.
Nadler wraps up his short presentation on Trump & Ukraine by channeling the famous Watergate quote of Sen Howard Baker R-TN.
"What did the President know, and when did he know it?"
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) January 22, 2020
Wait, they don’t even know what Trump knew and when he knew it, but they’ve impeached him already? You see, those are things you should probably figure out before moving ahead with trying to remove a President from office. The question of intent and motive is at the very heart of any accusations being made here.
Yet, here’s Nadler admitting they don’t even have the answers to the most cardinal questions currently before the Senate.
That’s in stark contrast to Nadler’s previous proclamations that the Democrat case provided overwhelming evidence, with no room to question Trump’s supposed guilt.
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) January 19, 2020
“There is ample evidence, overwhelming evidence. Any jury would convict in three minutes flat that the president betrayed his country by breaking the law,” Nadler said.
Then why is he still asking for more discovery, more witnesses, and admitting he can’t even prove the most salient questions surrounding the interactions with Ukraine?
Democrats want to have it both ways. On the one hand, they want to assure us that their case is perfect, with no holes and that if not for partisan rancor, a conviction would be certain. Then in the same breath, they’ll proclaim they need more information and more witnesses to prove their case.
Sorry, it doesn’t work that way. Nadler is admitting here that he’s got no case and Republicans should let him and the rest of the Democrats twist in the wind at this point.